Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Love What You Do....


 Did you take advantage of one of the Love What You Do bundles that were offered back in May?  Even if you didn't you can still get all of the products.  I used the Love What You Do, Swirly Frames and Treat Time stamp sets to make this card as well as the Share What You Love designer series paper. 

The flowers are stamped using Memento Ink for the outline and Berry Burst for the inside.  I stamped off once so it wasn't so intense but achieved some deeper color where the stamps overlapped.  The leaves were stamped in Old Olive.




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Friday, July 13, 2018

The Lazy Days of Summer.... Or Not!

 Are you enjoying the lazy days of summer?  What does that really mean because I can tell you that mine is definitely not the lazy days!  The last two weeks of May, I was in Montana and came home for three days before leaving for a two week trip to Alaska.  Home for a couple weeks and then to Bodega Bay for a couple weeks.  Heading home tomorrow and in two weeks, I will be heading back to Montana to assist in packing our daughter and her boyfriend up to move to the Sacramento area.  All that to explain why you will see intermittent gaps in my blog posts.

For today, here is a card that we made recently at class.  We used markers in Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Garden Green and Mossy Meadow on the bonsai with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede on the trunk.  The pot is colored using Poppy Parade.  We used the direct to stamp technique.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  The other thing that I wanted to showcase is the new Subtle embossing folder.  In the catalog, it is very difficult to see the pattern so I wanted to use it so you can see how pretty it really is.  I sponged the embossing so that it shows even better.

The sentiment on the inside is from the Kindness & Compassion stamp set and the Botanical Tags Thinlits.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Fast & Fabulous on Friday - Waterfront Stamp Set - Week 5 in the Series....

This unique idea using the Tailored Tag punch was case'd from a talented stamper whose name I cannot locate.  I would love to give credit to her so if this is seen by her, please contact me and I will edit my post to include your name.  I thought it was such a great idea!  Just stamp onto a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White.  Then begin punching at the bottom of the card stock following the edges of the punch.  I used White Craft ink to stamp some clouds on the Pool Party card as well.  The ribbon is retired but I wanted to share this clever card with you anyway!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tippin' on Tuesday Using Bella & Friends....

Today I thought I would show you a simple fold card that is quick and easy to do.  It uses the Bella & Friends stamp set which has the cutest little puppies - you just have to love them!  Check out the video for measurements and how to make this card.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Fast & Fabulous on Friday - Waterfront Stamp Set - Week 4 in the Series....

This card was case'd from Sheran Rigg.  I love the monochromatic look although it actually is using four different colors - Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and, yes, Wisteria Wonder (retired)!  The mountains that are furthest back are actually stamped with Wisteria Wonder.  I used an AquaPainter and Smoky Slate ink for a wash on the sky.

On the inside, I masked off the left side and the bottom using a couple of pieces of washi tape.  Once I finished stamping, I carefully removed the washi tape to give a clean border.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tippin' on Tuesday - Where Did the Phrase About Having Nine Lives Come From?


What inspires you to create a card?  Are you the type that just looks at an image and immediately can picture exactly what you want to do with it?  Do the sentiments speak to you instead?  In this case, the reference to "nine lives" spoke to me and I figured this card needed nine kittens!  However, nine kittens would not fit on the card unless I bunched them together.  Perfect!  All I need is some Post-Its to mask off and line them up.  And how fortuitous that five kittens fit perfectly across a 4" piece of card stock?  Did Stampin' Up! plan that?  Hmmm.........

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Fast & Fabulous on Friday - Waterfront Stamp Set - Week 3 in the Series....

This card was CASE'd by PikkuLilla on Splitcoaststampers.com.  I thought a winter scene was a great way to highlight a non-traditional look for this stamp set.  We  used White Craft ink and silver embossing powder on the sentiment.  The foil strips are silver although they appear gold in the picture.


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tippin' on Tuesday - Sneaking in on the Waterfront Stamp Set Series....


That Lydia Fiedler has done it again - come up with a very cool technique that I had to play with!  Now this one is not for everyone - especially if you cannot stand to have your stamps stained.  I haven't tried it with rubber stamps so it may be okay with those but it definitely stains your photopolymer stamps!

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Fast & Fabulous on Friday - Waterfront Stamp Set - Week 2 in the Series....


This card was inspired by a card created by Patty Bennett.  It certainly is a spot that I would like to be!  In order to get the two-tone palm trees, you will first stamp the palms using Lemon Lime Twist ink and then ink just the bottom portion of the palms using Emerald Envy (retired) or Granny Apple Green (new).  I really like the way the two-tones add depth to the trees.


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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tippin' on Tuesday - Using Your Acrylic Block as an Stamo...


Today I wanted to revisit an old "technique" of using your acrylic block as a stamp.  I love the simplicity of this and there are so many times that you just want a "block" of color.

When I first saw the Grapefruit Grove color I didn't think I would like it but with the Coastal Cabana, it looks amazing!  What do you think?


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Friday, June 1, 2018

Fast & Fabulous on Friday - Waterfront Stamp Set - Week 1 in the Series....

I recently held a Waterfront stamp set class where we made four projects using this versatile stamp set.  Here is the first card in the series.  If you are like me, abstract is a challenge.  I spend a lot of time making sure things are positioned correctly and exactly the way I want them.  This is NOT that kind of stamp set!  It took me a bit to get used to the way you put these images together.  To get my class attendees used to working with this set, I had them put all of the stamps on their blocks and then told them which colors of ink they would be using.  I finally told them they had 45 seconds to stamp this entire card!  It really helped a lot to realize not to over-think placement when stamping with this set.

Check back over the next four weeks for additional Fast & Fabulous on Friday cards using this stamp set.  Also keep your eye out soon for a sneaky card that will show up on a Tippin' on Tuesday as part of this series.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Barely Got Time to Play With You Before You Retired....


I really liked this stamp set when I first saw it in the Occasions catalog and ordered it right away.  It only took me five months to finally use it!  This is definitely a card to use the new Stamparatus for as there is a lot of lining up to do.  We made this in a retiring class this month and I had all the stamps set up on one of the Stamparatus plates creating the whole thing in four steps.  The roses were stamped separately though as you had to stamp them more than one time.  I used the Ruffled embossing folder on the Very Vanilla card stock and stamped the leaves in Soft Suede on Wild Wasabi card stock and then punched them out.  A little bit of copper thread and a small wooden heart finished off the front of the card.

Inside I wanted to do something a little different and used the die from the Petals & More dies and the copper foil.  The Island Indigo Ombre ribbon was a great balance with the copper.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tippin' on Tuesday - Using Your Die Cuts as a Mask...


It is Tuesday and I am back with another fun card using the Swirly Bird stamp set.  Ya'll know that I am a beach girl and that includes all things nautical, beachy, etc., so you know that I would love this little boat!  In this card's video, I show you how to use your die cut pieces as a mask for creating backgrounds like the blue and white waves on the front and inside of the card.  I also share a tip on stamping the boat and how to color your rhinestones using the Blends markers.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Peek a Boo! You Never Know Where Cats Will Show Up, Do You?

 Inspired by a card created by Sacha van de Kerkhof, I created this card for a recent class and found it was a great way to use up some of the designer series paper that is retiring at the end of May.  I love the "denim" look of the umbrella from the Weather Together stamp set that is retiring.  I achieved this look by using the light Night of Navy Blend marker and then coloring the interior with the Color Lifter.
The kitten I used is the one peeking out of the pot in the Pretty Kitty stamp set.  I just trimmed away the pot to get the kitten to peek out from the umbrella and inside card strip.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Saying Goodbye to A Bold & Beautiful Stamp Set - Remarkable You

I waited a long time before purchasing this stamp set and I am really going to miss working with it when it retires at the end of the month.  It is such a beautiful set and work for so many occasions.  Unfortunately, I have found myself needing too many sympathy cards this past month and I think this stamp set works perfectly for that.  The Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set which I used for the sentiment inside is also a great set for these cards.

The background is done by embossing Whisper White card stock with the Basket Weave embossing folder.  I then used the sponge brayer and Marina Mist ink to lightly color the tops of the weave.  The flower and leaves are colored using an AquaPainted and Marina Mist and Always Artichoke ink.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tippin' on Tuesday - An Impossible Card using Magical Day

Have you seen the "Impossible Cards" that everyone is making right now?  I thought I would share my version as well.  These little cards are definitely an optical illusion as you wonder how they could have the cut outs the way that they do but once you realize how easy it is to create them, they are quite addictive!  While most that I have seen leave the cut outs empty, I decided to put a doily behind it and I really like the way it turned out.  Below are measurements and cutting instructions for the card and the mats.  A video is also provided to show you how to make the card.


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Fast & Fabulous on Friday - Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts - Saying Goodbye....

 When I received my Occasions catalog, this is the first stamp set I fell in love with.  But here we are five months later and how many cards have I made with it - just three!  Sometimes even the sets we love sit on the shelf.  Most of the time, as soon as the stamp sets retire, I sell mine on eBay and put the proceeds back into my business of inspiring you.  However, I just may need to hang onto this one for a little while longer.  It is a great set to use with the Blends.  I also took the Petal Passion designer series paper and colored the flowers using the Blends.
My word, only one stamp set used here!  If you have been following me for any period of time, you know that this is a rarity.  Definitely a candidate for Fast & Fabulous on Friday!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Bird Banter Using a Wreath Template....

Have you seen all of the cards out using the wreath template that is so hot right now?  A couple of months ago when I first saw one on Jennifer McGuire's video, I decided that I could make one using my ScanNCut and some window sheets.  While my first card was using flowers as most of the cards are, this one turned out to be my favorite - just a bunch of birds from the Bird Banter stamp set.  Make sure you order this stamp set by May 31 as it will be gone after that!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tippin' On Tuesday - Quick & Easy Tri Fold Card Using Magical Day and Happy Birthday Gorgeous....

 Today's card is a tri fold card is really fun and easy to make.  The Magical Day stamp set and the coordinating Myths & Magic designer series paper were so fun to play with and I think they work really well for this type of card.  I know exactly what little girl will be receiving this for her birthday!
 Here is the middle section of the card with the wizard and his little owl.
 Here is the bottom section of the card with the dragon and sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. 

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