Tuesday, May 31, 2011

One Day until the "Last Chance" List is out!!

Ok... I don't know about you but I'm always excited this time of year to see which stamps are "retiring" and which ones will continue on...and with the new Idea Book and Catalog just around the corner!!

Tomorrow they will release the list of "last chance" stamps and accessories... I will definitely share it with you as soon as I can. Until then here's a fun card to share!

We made this card at my technique class last week! I can't share the nitty gritty details with you unless you attend my classes but basically it's a combination of embossing and brayering called "emerging color" that gives you this cool look! If you are interested in learning stamping techniques I'll be doing another class in June!

Here's close-up:

I used an interesting color combo on this card: Poppy Parade, crumb cake and early espresso. It's not a color combo I'd usually use but I think it really pops!

stamps:ornate blossom, heard from the heart, Friends never fade
ink: poppy parade, crumb cake, early espresso
paper:poppy parade, crumb cake, early espresso, whisper white
other: heat embossing tools, brayer, eyelet border punch, poppy parade poly-stitch ribbon

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Fabulous florets and embossing

I made this card as a swap for a demonstrator event I went to last weekend. I am part of a really cool group of demonstrators that meet every few months and share ideas! I always am inspired to see what everyone else is doing and share what I am doing! It's definitely one of the perks of being a demonstrator!

I actually demoed the two-tone embossing technique to the group so I used that on my swap. I started with whisper white card stock, brayered melon mambo into onto the embossing folder and sent it through the big shot! I really love this technique. I made up a bunch of sheets of different colors and patterns so beware... you'll be seeing lots of them in the upcoming posts!

The main flower image is from the set Fabulous Florets. If you haven't purchased this one yet I'd have to say it is a must have! I am really loving all the cool things you can do with it! I stamped the stem piece in wild wasabi ink and then the bloom with Versamark ink and embossed with melon mambo embossing powder!

stamps: Fabulous Florets, sincere salutations
ink: melon mambo, wild wasabi, early espresso
paper: wild wasabi, melon mambo, whisper white
other: Big shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder, melon mambo embossing powder, heat embossing tools, crumb cake seam binding ribbon

Friday, May 27, 2011

Friendship flower

I did a few Glossy Watercolor flowers a while ago and realized I never posted this one. Here are
the other two I posted here and here. For this card I created the little rose from the Growing Green Stamp set in the glossy watercolor technique and added it on top of a piece of white cardstock stamped with the leafy branches from the same set. I added a tag using the tiny tags set and the jewelry tag punch.
I love the way the colors turned out on this card! I used Crumb cake and early espresso and some paper from the Woodland Walk designer paper pack.

stamps:Growing Green, Tiny Tags
ink: early espresso, garden green
paper: whisper white, crumb cake, early espresso, Woodland Walk designer paper
other: re-inkers, aquapainter, embossing powder

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Simple Scooter

Another quick and easy card to share today! I have been spending a lot of time coloring in the scooter so this time I wanted to make a simple card without it colored! I stamped the scooter on Crumb Cake card stock using pacific point ink! I then stamped the "thinking of you" in old olive and punched it out with the word window. I added this on top of the crumb cake piece to add some color and interest. Then I added some patterned paper behind it (Beyond the Garden) and two flowers punched out using the Triple Layer punch (Blossom Bouquet). Sweet and simple!

stamps:on the grow
ink:pacific point, old olive
paper:old olive, whisper white, pacific point, daffodil delight
other: Blossom Bouquet Punch, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Flower Garden Folder

Here is a really simple easy card to make. I used the new Flower Garden Embossing folder and sent it through the Big Shot with whisper white paper. Then I used a q-tip and chalks to color in the flowers! Add some ribbon and a border punch and you're almost done. I added the sentiment "Heartfelt Thanks" from the set Hodgepodge Happiness! This is a quick and easy card and so pretty!

stamps: Hodgepodge Happiness
ink: melon mambo, old olive
paper: pretty in pink, whisper white, melon mambo, so saffron
other: chalks, olive satin ribbon, scallop trim border punch, circle punch, dimensional

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Seaside Birthday.

It's hard to make masculine cards but the set On the Sea in the summer mini makes it much easier! I simply stamped the ship with Night of Navy Ink the the "birthday wishes" in real red. I added some interest to the piece of Navy by stamping the cool background that is in the same set all over it (it's hard to see in the photo but just gives it a little more dimension). Then I added the little compass image punched out with the new postage stamp punch and some red and white bakers twine! Quick and easy and great for guys!

stamps: on the sea, sincere salutations.
ink:real red, night of navy
paper:real red, night of navy, whisper white, crumb cake
other: red and white bakers twine, postage stamp punch, square punch, dimensional

Monday, May 23, 2011

Colored Embossing Powder!

I am loving the colored embossing powder in the summer mini catalog! Here I used Melon Mambo for the Flower and Wild Wasabi for the stem/leaves. It makes a really striking card. To balance the bright colors I used some soft suede for the background layer, stamping flowers from the fabulous florets set on it.

I also used a little "thanks so much" from the Tiny Tags set and punched it out with the Tag punch and attached it on with some bakers twine! Isn't it pretty? You can see the tag better in this photo:

stamps: Fabulous Florets, Tiny Tags
ink: soft suede, versamark
paper: wild wasabi, whisper white, melon mambo
other: crumb cake seam binding ribbon, bakers twine, jewelry tag punch, wild wasabi and melon mambo embossing powder, scallop ribbon border punch

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Fabulous flowers!

Today I'm sharing a card that I designed for my last stamp-a-stack. This card uses the stamp set Fabulous Florets from the Summer Mini Catalog. Although I admit I do have a lot of flower sets I knew this would be a really great one to add to my collection. It's very versatile because it has both bold and line art images.

To create this card I stamped the line art flower in peach parfait and the leaves in wild wasabi. Then I stamped some of the bold flowers with Versamark and embossed them using the new melon mambo embossing powder. It's hard to see in the photo but they look great. I also added some bakers twine. Here's a close-up:

stamps: Fabulous Florets
ink: versamark, peach parfait, wild wasabi, early espresso
paper:peach parfait, melon mambo, whisper white, wild wasabi
other: bakers twine, melon mambo embossing powder, border punch

Saturday, May 21, 2011

On the Grow...

When I saw the scooter in this set I knew I had to have it. It's from the set On the Grow from the Summer mini catalog. I colored it with a blender pen and water color pencils in yellow an orange tones to match this pretty paper, also from the mini, called Beyond the Garden. It ended up having a sort of "retro" color feel but It's also very summery.

I added a punched flower using the new Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch. This punch is definitely one of my favorite things in this mini! You'll be seeing a lot of it soon since I've been playing with it a lot! It punches 3 different styles of flowers from just one punch! I also added on some of the new bakers twine.

Here's a close up of the card:

stamps: On the Grow
ink: black
paper:Tangerine Tango, old olive, daffodil delight, whisper white
other: Watercolor pencils, bakers twine, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch, scallop Trim Border punch, blender pen

Saturday, May 7, 2011

two-tone embossing!

This is the other technique I showed at my technique class last week. It's a really cool background you can make using the big shot embossing folders to create a two-toned effect. Once I had the background created for this card I stamped the main image on white (using markers to color the center of the flower yellow and the edge of the stamp green) and then trimmed around the image and mounted onto a piece of wild wasabi.

The ribbon effect on this card is easy to create. You just take a piece of the wide grosgrain ribbon and attach it across your card on the back side of the piece you want to cover. Then I took a small piece of the taffeta ribbon and tied it around the grosgrain. It makes a pretty pucker of the thicker ribbon and looks super cool!

stamps: Friends Never Fade
ink:regal rose, daffodil delight, wild wasabi
paper: whisper white, wild wasabi, pink pirouette
big shot: vintage wallpaper embossing folder
other: whisper white taffeta ribbon, daffodil delight striped grosgrain ribbon
, brayer

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Another Glossy Watercolor Card

Here is another card using the same technique as yesterday. This time I used the flower from the Growing Green Stamp set and a orange inks.

The flower is layered over a piece of crumb cake cut out in the Big Shot with the top note die... I still LOVE this die, I think it's my favorite. I added the "little leaves" sizzlet (another big shot die).

I love how his color combo turned out. It's springy yet neutral. I love the pop of yellow with the neutral crumb cake card stock. It's an unusual color choice but I think it worked out great. What do you think?

stamps: Growing Green
ink: pumpkin pie, daffodil delight
paper:daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, crumb cake, glossy white
Big Shot: Top Note die, Little Leaves Sizzlet die
other: Whisper white taffeta ribbon, white embossing powder, heat embossing tools

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Glossy Watercolor Rose

Here is a cool technique we used at the April Technique class last week. It's called Glossy Watercolor. This technique works best with a line-art set like Fifth Avenue Floral. I am having so much fun finding techniques for my classes. I hope everyone is enjoying learning them. If you live near me and want to attend, just give me call or write me an e-mail!

Here's a close-up of the technique:

Isn't it pretty? I love how this turned out! It's perfect for Mothers Day!

stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral,
ink:Regal rose, so saffron, versamark
paper: so saffron, whisper white, glossy white, regal rose, certainly celery
other: Little leaves sizzlit die, scallop trim border punch, dotted embossing folder, white embossing powder, aquapainter

Sunday, May 1, 2011

On the Sea Birthday!

Here is a Birthday Card Using the new set On the Sea! I loved this set right away for two reasons - one, it will make great masculine cards and I need more of those and two, it has a great background texture stamp in it.

to make this card I started with Daffodil delight cardstock for the base. I stamped the globe image randomly on in it in Daffodil delight ink. The blue layer is Marina Mist Cardstock which I stamped over with the cool background texture stamp in this set. I used the scallop trim border punch to make the tiny scalloped bottom. Then I stamped the ship with Marina mist ink on white cardstock and added the Happy Birthday sentiment (from a hostess set). To add some dimension I stamped the directional (what's that called again?) and punched it out with the new postage stamp punch. I also added some of the new bakers twine.

Here's a close-up so you can see the twine - I love this stuff!!

stamps: On the Sea
ink: Soft suede, daffodil delight, marina mist
paper: daffodil delight, soft suede, marina mist, whisper white,
other: bakers twine, scallop trim border punch, dimensional


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