Here is a card using a technique I taught at my recent technique class. It's called Cracked Glass. I will be teaching a technique class every month for the next few months - I hope you can attend! I have been having a ton of fun looking for new techniques to try. This one seemed so fitting for this stamp set. Here is a close-up so you can see how cool this technique is:
stamps: Nature Walk
ink: Early espresso, river rock
paper: river rock, early espresso, not quite navy, very vanilla, Botanical Gazette Designer paper
other: embossing tools, early espresso taffeta ribbon, scallop trim border punch, fork for fork bow
Wow do I feel special! I was just nominated twice this week for the Stylish Blogger Award! I'm so glad that someone (and more than one) is reading and loving my blog! Thank you so much for the nomination! To check out the two cool ladies blogs who nominated me they're here:
1) thank the person who gave this award to me and link it back to their blog
2) share 8 things about myself
3) pass this award to 8 other individuals that I have recently discovered
4) leave a comment so that they can pass along the recognition!
OK--So I have to share 8 things about myself: 1) I have been a Stampin' Up Demonstrator for over 6 years now and never tire of stamping! 2) I have two adorable kitties (Newton and Hobbes) and a husband of 6 years, but no kids... leaves more time for stamping! 3) I have a weakness for anything hello kitty! 4) I live in Wisconsin and about this time every year when it's still cold and snowy I wonder why... 5) My favorite food is pretty much anything mexican, especially tacos with a margarita! 6) I've been a crafter all my life but so far stamping is my favorite. I'm starting to branch out a bit though and just bought some patterns and plan on tuning up my sewing machine!! 7) I'm a closet sci-fi fan and especially love dr. who! 8) My favorite holiday is Halloween but I love making cards and gifts for all of them!
Ok. Now I need to pass on the love and nominate 8 blogs I have recently enjoyed -check them out when you get a chance!
Here's another card I made at recent stamping event that I went to. This build-a-blossom set and punch are in the Occasions Mini Catalog. The stamped images coordinate perfectly with the punch so it's easy to make pretty flowers! I also love how the ribbon was done on this card!
stamps:Build a Blossom ink: daffodil delight, early espresso paper: early espresso, daffodil delight, vellum, very vanilla other: striped grosgrain ribbon, Blossom Petals punch, modern label punch, button, taffeta ribbon
Here is a card I made at an event I went to with some other demonstrators. I love going to these events since I always learn something new and get to make cards using supplies I might not have at home! I don't have this spinner set but it was fun to make a card with it. The set is called Take a Spin. I stamped it with Chery cobbler ink on white and added the spinner pointing at the Happy Birthday icon. Behind the spinner there is a flower cut out with the XL flower folds die. This card also uses the Elegant lines embossing folder.
Here is a quick Valentine from my Stamp-a-Stack. I started with a the top note shape, cut from whisper white using the big shot die. Then I stamped the tree -- I love the tree from this set-- by coloring it with markers. Then I stamped the Valentine definition below it. To add some dimension I punched out the heart and added it on with a dimensional. Finish it off with some pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon and that's it!
stamps: Valentine defined ink: real red, regal rose, chocolate chip paper: whisper white, real red, chocolate chip other: pink grosgrain ribbon, dimensional, top note big shot die, small heart punch
Doesn't this card make you think of a wine label? I picked these colors and then realized they looked very "grapey". This card uses the Bliss set.. one of the sets you can pick for free if you spend $50 during the Sale-a-Bration sale! I love the big background flourish in it and and the pretty butterfly. I stamped the flourish with old olive ink on river rock cardstock. The butterfly is stamped on white with rich razzleberry ink and attached with a dimensional. This set also has a really pretty word "bliss" with swirls all around it.
stamps: Bliss ink: old olive, rich razzleberry paper: old olive, rich razzleberry, whisper white, river rock other: Large Oval punch, dimensionals
Today I'm sharing another card made with the Nature Walk stamp set. I didn't want to share this one until after my stamp-a-stack since those of you who attend that got to make it that night! I love the color combo that I used on this card. It's Marina mist, so saffron and wild wasabi with a bit of soft suede. I stamped the bird on a piece of white cardstock using marina mist ink and then stamped the floral image right over the top of him using wild wasabi ink and then stamped the sentiment on the same square using early espresso. I love how this layering looks! The sentiment "Get well soon" is from the set sincere salutations.
Here's a close-up. You can also see how I stamped butterflies onto the wild wasabi to add some interest to that layer.
stamps: Nature Walk, Sincere Salutations ink: wild Wasabi, marina mist, early espresso paper: Wild wasabi, marina mist, early espresso, whisper white, so saffron other: scallop trim border punch, 1 1/4" striped grosgrain in marina mist
WOW.. I FINALLY broke out of my crumb cake, rose and chocolate chip color palette for valentines! I used the Valentine Defined set again but I thought I'd try to do something more in the sweet citrus tones. The colors I used are pear pizazz, early espresso, pumpkin pie and regal rose. The colors in this card remind me of sherbet or those conversation hearts! I really love this valentine set and now that I've used it with some different colors I think it could be really versatile for making any sort of card.
The tree is really cool. I admit it did take me awhile to color in all those little hearts with the marker but the effect is so pretty I think it's worth the time. I added some early espresso cardstock that I embossed using the perfect polka dots embossing folder to match the tree trunk. Then when I went to add some ribbon I reached for the daffodil delight... I'm not sure why since I hadn't used any yellow on this card but I love how it added another citrus color to it! Then to add a little more interest at the end I added on a bitty heart button.
Here's a close-up so you can see how cute it is!
stamps:Valentine Defined ink: pumpkin pie, regal rose, early espresso, pear pizazz paper: whisper white, pumpkin pie, regal rose, early espresso, pear pizazz other: perfect polka dots embossing folder, big shot, mini glue dot, bitty button, linen thread, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, dimensionals, 3/8" taffeta ribbon in daffodil delight
I love this pretty paper in the Occassions mini, it's called Botanical Gazette. It's filled with tons of pretty birds, butterflies and birdcages. It coordinates nicely with the Nature Walk stamp set.I couldn't decide which paper to use so I made this tile card so I could use a bunch of it! It really doesn't take much paper and you get to showcase all the cool patterns! All you do is punch out 12 squares of paper with the 1 1/4" square punch. Since these are double sided I think I only used 3 different patterns and then flipped some of them to show the backside. Then you add some pretty ribbon and a sentiment punched out with an oval and you have a quick and easy card. I used the sentiment "bliss" from the Bliss stamp set. This stamp set is one of the ones you can get for free with a $50 purchase right now. Contact me to find out more details!
stamps: Bliss ink:Not quite navy, Early Espresso paper: Botanical Gazette designer paper, river rock, whisper white, not quite navy other: 1 1/4" square punch, Large and XL oval punches, dimensionals, 5/8" early espresso satin ribbon