Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Flower Shop

The Flower Shop stamp set with its matching punch is a must have from the new catalog. 

There are so many fun new products on this card: Candy dots (the calorie free kind), washi tape, two new stamp sets (Flower Shop and Four You), Pansy punch (no, it's not even remotely a pansy -- don't get me started...) and Gingham Garden designer series paper.

Colors are Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy and a little bit of Pear Pizazz.

Flower Shop Clear Bundle
Flower Shop Bundle includes 6 piece stamp set and coordinating punch. You can get them separately, but why would you want to do that?   Clear mount (132726, $28.75), Wood mount (132727, $33.95)

Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper
Gingham Garden designer series paper -- 12 sheets of double sided paper (129310, $10.95)

Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape
Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape - 15 yards total - this is an inexpensive and easy to use embellishment at less than a penny an inch.  -- (129314, $4.95)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Wetlands -- Clean and Simple card

The new Wetlands stamp set immediately caught my eye because I could see so many possibilities, especially for masculine cards and we all know what a challenge those can be!

For this card, I cut a square in a piece of paper using the new square framelits.  Then used temporary adhesive and attached it to my Whisper White layer of cardstock.  A little sponging, a little stamping, and it was done.  Super easy, no extra postage required, and it looks good too.


Squares Collection Framelits Dies
Squares Collection Framelits Dies

(#130921) $26.95     

Clear Mount (#126697) $16.95

Wood Mount (#126695) $21.95


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Too Kind trio

Too Kind is too easy to use!  It's a great two-step stamping floral set -- probably my favorite kind of stamp set.  I couldn't decide which embellishment I wanted on this card: washi tape (love it!), bakers twine or the new chevron ribbon.  Any thoughts?

Can you see the spots on the background? Those are from another new set called Gorgeous Grunge.  I think it's going to be a super versatile set.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sketched Birthday -- Telescoping card

Nope, I'm not quite done blogging...just haven't done it lately.  Anyway, I have a few cards to post, so there will be some new posts for the next few days.   One of my favorite new stamp sets is Sketched Birthday.  This is the first card I made with it and I can tell it'll be a fun set to use.

Once I figured out what colors I wanted to use for the layer, it was a snap to make the various circles with the new Circles Collection of Framelits for the Big Shot.  The Designer paper is Quatrefancy Specialty paper.  The "Carbs, Schmarbs" is from Yippee-Skippee!

You can find information on creating your own telescope card here

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Another Poppy with Watercolor Background

Here's another card using the technique I described yesterday

It doesn't "pop" quite as much as yesterday's.  I'm not sure if it's the color combination or just that the poppy panel is much smaller or a combination of the two.  Nevertheless, it's still eye catching.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pleasant Poppies on Watercolored Background

I've been playing around with a fun technique that makes gorgeous backgrounds.

The technique is pretty simple.  Cut a gallon or quart sized freezer bag on two edges so that it opens up all the way.  Select 2-5 markers that will look good together.  Scribble on one open side of your plastic bag.  If you have colors that don't blend well, make sure they're separated by colors that work well with both of them.  For the record, orange and blue make brown. As you can see, I separated the Pool Party and Tangerine Tango with Summer Starfruit or Rose Red. 

Spritz the plastic bag with rubbing alcohol so that the ink starts running.  The Stampin' Spritzers work perfectly for this.  Yes, you could use water, but alcohol dries faster. 

Put a piece of white or vanilla cardstock in the ink and press down.  Pull it up and take a look.  If there are blank spaces, put the cardstock down in some of the ink that remains. 

Let dry and then stamp with outline images using Staz On, or solid images in coordinating colors.  For the card above, I stamped the Pleasant Poppies background stamp and then colored it in with markers.

Hopefully this makes sense for now. If you have questions, leave me a comment. I'll try and take pictures soon an post a better tutorial.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Patterned Occasions

Sale-A-Bration is here for almost another month.  One of the sets you can get FREE with a $50 order is Patterned Occasions.  This set of 5 images is great for quick and easy cards.

We made this card at the February stamp club meetings.  The caption for the jeans is supposed to be "Congratulations, Smarty Pants."  For those who wanted a birthday card instead, it was an easy change.  We simply stamped the sentiment from one of the other stamps and did a little free form cutting.  The white gel pen around the edge was a nice accent that coordinated with the stitching on the jeans.
The elephant with the flower is so cute.  To get the multi color image from one stamp, I inked up the entire stamp on the ink pad, then took a q-tip and wiped the ink off the flower.  Then pulled out my markers and colored the stem and petals directly on the rubber. 

I had fun layering different punches behind the elephant image.  Notice the scallop embossing that goes under the focal point?  I used the new Borders Scoring Plate (Occasions Mini p. 26) for the Simply Scored. It's a nice way to add some texture to a card or scrapbook page.