Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hold on to Hope, Easter card

I love this card! I very, very seldom CASE the SU catalog, but I did here because it was just so pretty. I made a couple changes however.  I started with Watercolor paper for my top piece, and used the Yellow Brusho.  So, first I stamped the flower set in Versamark and white embossing powder. It's hard to see here I know and for that reason I didn't stamp the 2nd flower set onto the card stock.  I stamped it on vellum and embossed in white then cut it out with the die.

I was careful with the Brusho not to get my color too intense.  You can see the little splotches of color from it.  Then I die cut my cross, and as I fastened it down with glue dots, I also wrapped the vellum flower set around using the glue dots as well.  I was careful to leave room to slip in my ribbon, and used a glue dot to hold the ribbon together and to the card at the cross over junction.

You don't need a half doily, just a little portion cut from one edge for each top and bottom.  The greeting is a very old stamp I had stuck away as I didn't have a current one I liked for this. 
The Hold on to Hope set is a wonderful sympathy set, but as you see, really nice for Easter as well.

The cutout I used for the sentiment is from Petals and More die set.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Easter Greetings, #fms328

I'm quite taken with Brusho at the moment.  It's not right for anywhere near every card, but it sure can be fun. It tends to be a bit on the bold side and can take a bit of playing with to get a feel for it. You get a set of 5 colors with SU's box set.
A couple of TIPS, if you are using it for the first time. 1. Don't open the lid. Nothing in there except the powder and that can go everywhere.  Just poke 1 to 3 small holes in the lid, since it's a powder you don't need to worry about it drying up or anything.  2. Go easy, just sprinking a little bit on your paper and watercolor paper is the best fit. Then spritz with water.  Just spritz more water and/or add a bit more powder until you get the look you want.  More water will give less of the splotches, more powder will give lots more color and lots more splotches.  It's a lot of fun to see what you come up with.  3. Do a bit of spritz on the back side of your watercolor paper and it will lay flatter while you are working on it and while it dries.

I used the Yellow and the Blue in the set, also, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White and Daffodil Delight.
The floral and cross are from Hold On To Hope in the Occasions catalog, what a fabulous set! It's a keeper for sure.  The sentiment is a very very old wood mounted stamp from many years and another company ago.   But I have not a single Easter greeting type stamp in my SU stuff. I'm going to have to keep my eye open for something. I would have loved one that said Easter Blessings. I think I have a big SU stamp from a few years ago that does say that come to think of it. Hmmm, I need to find that.
The die cut for the sentiment as well as the piece under it, came from Petals and More Thinlit dies. They are the die set for Petal Palette and that die set is currently available on the SAB. Place a $100 order to get that die set, but make sure to check with your demo, it takes a special number to order it free.

So, Here is the challenge for this week and the link to the site for Fresly Made sketches, check it out.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Happy Birthday in Copper foil, #FMS327

We have a sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches this week.  I've been dying to use my brand new pack of Springtime Foils DSP, all heavy paper with 3 different metallic designs. And it can be colored too.  Plus, it's free!!!  Just purchase at least $50 in SU current product and you can choose this free.

The flower here is cut from one of the metallic designed papers in the set.  I used my Blends on this.
So here is the challenge, and you can check it out here as well.

I used Thick Whisper white CS, then Pink Pirouette, then added the bottom piece after I colored it with my Bermuda Bay blends markers.    I colored the flower off another piece and fussy cut that and added it.    The frame for my sentiment is from Bunch of Banners dies, when you cut it, it creates it's own frame.  You can cut a 2nd one out of whatever color you would like and add that or do as I did and use the Blends to color the frame piece.    After coloring I pushed them together turned them over and added Stampin Dimensionals so they would hold them both together.

Happy Stampin.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Thinking Of You, Global Design Project #127

I've never been an orange person.  Pastels are more to my liking.  But I find myself using Calypso Coral quite a bit. It's in a lot of our DSP right now, but also, it's got a good bit of pink in it with I find pleasing.
I'm playing along with GDP this week.  They are focasing on the SAB catalog for this challenge. 

So, I'm using my favorite image in that little salebration catalog. I know you have probably seen this plenty, everyone seems to like it and it's been done all kinds of ways, including by me.  
Doing it up like this makes for a very pretty and very quick card.    I picked this color because of the DSP I used  behind the main image, it's from the Petal Garden 6" DSP Stack. If you want something softer, you could use the Sweet Sugarplum piece that has the same design or you could use the darker Rich Razzleberry ink for a darker image in the same color.  Either would work well, it also come in other colors in the DSP.

I used a 4 1/4"x 5 1/2 " card base then cut my image piece square at 4 1/4"x4 1/4".  I cut the DSP at 4 1/4"x4 5/8" so it comes out just a bit beyond the images on the sides. I wrapped the 1/4" Organza ribbon and made my bow.     The sentiment is copper embossing.

BTW, Stampin Up is having a little Paper Pumpkin celebration.  If you sign up for PP by the 10th of March, you will get a special kit with a special surprise.   I'd love to tell you want that is, but they don't tell us either. LOL.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Counting my Blessings, Festive Friday challenge #ff0002

When I bought this set, it was because I thought it really was cute, but I wasn't sure just how much I could do with it. Ends up being quite a lot.   I just used one of the small images, a swirly leaf one, and the large sentiment from the set for this.

I made this for the new Festive Friday Challenge, this is just number 2 or #ff0002.

So, hmmmm, Employee appreciation or Ribbon or both, hmmmm.  I thought it would be fun to do both, but being as the only employees I have are my kitties and don't do a lick of work.  (I made a pun).  That didn't seem to be an answer, but I did consider doing that.

So, ribbon it is.  And I LOVE this Crinkled Night of Navy ribbon. It's very soft and easy to work with.

My card base is Pink Pirouette, then a layer of Night of Navy, then Watercolor paper with my background design.  I used my White ink, I like using white often if I'm embossing in white as I feel like I get a better white and I can see it while I'm stamping a bit.   I embossed the white images on the background using white embossing powder, then watercolored over the top.
To accomplish that I just used my ink pad and Aqua Painter.   First, I sprayed my piece of watercolor paper back and front lightly, the opened my ink pad just a bit, squeezing it against the top and pad to get some ink on the top.  Using my Aqua painter, I picked up ink blending it where I wanted it on the paper over top of the embossing.

Then I stamped my sentiment, and it helps a lot to use your stamp positioner for this when using watercolor paper. It has a texture so that often it will need 2 or 3 stampings.  I cut that out using my Layering Squares framelits and then cut a piece of the Pink a bit larger from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.     I colored the rhinestones using my Night of Navy (dk) Blends alcohol marker.  And added those to the bottom of my sentiment.

If you are new to embossing, remember to use a light source so you can see when the embossing starts to shine so you know when to stop heating. Otherwise you will just loose the embossing as it will sink into the paper.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Happy for you, Just add Ink # 397

The Just Add Ink Challenge for this week is Just Add H.  I had a good time looking for things that had an H in it or started with.  I almost did a die cut HELLO, but decided on these 2 sets.

I used the big basket from Basket of Wishes and put the flowers in it from Grown With Love, so my H is Happy for you.  That's pretty generic, I can use it for lots of occasions so that works well.  Go HERE to check out the challenge.

I thought all the leaves on this piece of DSP from Painted Autumn would work well with all the flowers in my basket.    I also cut 2 pieces of Garden Green the same size as my stamped die cut and layer it so the whole card was seen. The next size up with the largest of the dies and way too big.

Stampin Up, Best Wishes, GDP126

I think this embossing folder is my new best friend.  I was thrilled to see that it will be showing up in the new Annual catalog, it won't be bundled so if you love it you might want to get the bundle free for placing an order of $100 from the annual or occasions catalogs.

I'm playing with the GDP challenge today.  I'm afraid I'm really late too.  The Challenge starts on monday and here it is friday and I'm just getting it posted, although it's been done for a few days, my computer had to spend some time in the hosp.  I hate when that happens, but my baby is getting old. Almost 8 yrs old, and her battery was going dead.

Anyway, here it is finally.  My first time using this stamp set, it's so pretty. I also used one of my favorite colors, Perfect plum along with it's darker shade Elegant Eggplant, and Lemon Lime Twist for pop with the leaves done in Tranquil Tide.

Be sure to check out the awesome cards done by the team, and maybe even try out one of the challenges, they are so wonderful for pushing one to do better.