Monday, July 22, 2019

Christmas in July, #tgifc221



I haven't played with TGIF for a long time, but it struck my fancy this week.  While waiting around for the Holiday catalog to come out, I found myself making Christmas cards, and they are doing Christmas in July this week.  Here is a link to the challenge.




I actually managed to use mostly current stuff.  The gold doily is not I'm afraid. Maybe in the Holiday catty they will bring it back?  I love them.
The Merry is in a set of Dies that is still current, I love word and phrase dies.  And the image is from Timeless Tidings, which was carried over, it's mostly a sentiment set with 3 smaller images, but really cute ones. 

I also used the new dies from the Free as a bird bundle.   I used Gorgeous Grape, and the new incolor purple posy.  And the leaves are Pear Pizzazz.  I stamped and embossed in gold then just lightly colored in the leaves and made my berries Purple.

I cut 2 sizes of the die and after stamping and coloring the small one, I put them together and added them to the top after embossing the posy with the subtle EF, and adding the doily.  A few rhinestones blinged up the little image.
Then I cut and added the Merry, and that's it.

I hope you enjoyed and got some inspiration from it.


Sunday, July 21, 2019

Christmas in July



My upline has been giving us color challenges lately.  I choose to do this one.  Balmy blue, Rich Razzleberry and Pineapple.  

For some reason I was in the mood for Christmas. Maybe it's because the pre order for the Holiday catalog is just around the corner, or because I am seeing so many Christmas in July cards. 

On top of these colors I've added in Silver embossing.  I do love embossing.  I used watercolor paper and stamped and embossed my tree, the using my aqua painter, I picked up some color from my Balmy blue ink pad and squeezed out some water to put down my color.  
I used my scallop die to create the edges, don't ask me how I got just the right size piece to go under the watercolor, I don't know. I had a piece of scrap, die cut on both edges and was going to cut them with enough room to tuck under. However, when done, it fit perfect without cutting. 

So, I stamped some tiny snowflakes on, then die cut some snowflakes and attached them. Then stamped and die cut the piece for the sentiment. 

That was fun, now to wait a couple weeks and I can order some of this years new Holiday goodies. 
Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Stampin up Friendship card, Festive Friday challenge #0038



I love watercolor, I'm not great at it, but I am learning.  And this embossing folder was a must have.  It did a great job!  I used watercolor paper, spritzed it on both sides, then used my ink pads to pick up color from the pad and laid it down using my Aqua Painter.  I think the Mosaic pattern lends itself so well to this.
So, before I go any further, here is the link to the challenge, and the beautiful cards done by the team.  
I hope you will come on over and give this one a try yourself.

I used some of my very favorite colors, purples and aquas.  In this case, Gorgeous Grape, and Highland Heather along with Coastal Cabana and a bit of Shaded Spruce for my leaves.
The stamp set is Beautiful Friendship. If you haven't noticed this one in the Stampin Up catalog, you might want to give it a look see, it's gorgeous.

I also used the Rectangle stitched dies, and the Stitched nested dies.
I hope this gave you some inspiration today.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Sailing Home Birthday card, Freshly Made Sketches #396


My hubby has a birthday coming up, and he is an ocean lover and a lover of all things patriotic, so this is his card.  I hope he likes it.
I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches this week for inspiration. Stop by and check out all the fabulous cards from the team. 

I did end up using a lot of colors, Poppy Parade, Seaside Spray, Blueberry Bushel, Pool Party, So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo and White.
I started with a white card base, added a Poppy layer then the Come Sail away DSP.

For the top layer, I started with a piece of watercolor paper.   For my ocean, I used the water die from High Tide.  Once with Seaside Spray, and then again with Pool party, then used my Aqua Painter to blend the colors just a bit.

I then used a very large round brush to pick up some color from my So Saffron ink and brush on, then did the same with the Flirty flamingo, and then the sky lightly with Seaside Spray.  I punched out a piece using the Pretty Label punch, and used one side of that to add more color to the sky for light clouds.  Just brush or sponge lightly along one edge of the punched piece.   I cut and added my rope edges, then stamped and cut my boats and the compass. I used a 1 3/8" round punch to cut out the compass, it fits perfect.

Stamped my sentiment on vellum, TIP: use a 2 way glue pen to glue down vellum, you won't see it and it stays great.
 Thanks for looking.


Monday, July 8, 2019

Birthday Card, Cake is the answer, Just add ink #464


I must say, Granny Apple Green is not a color I am fond of. I know many, many people who love it, but at one time I would have told you I didn't really like green at all.   But I have come a long way.  I just love the other green on here, Soft Seafoam, and a couple others, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow to name a couple.
So, before we go any further, here is the link to the challenge and the challenge picture for this week.


Besides the challenge colors, I used this challenge to CASE the catty. Page 64 in the new annual catty, you will see this using the Piece of Cake stamp set.  I have made a few small changes, but the idea is there. I decided to use the Tin Tile embossing folder, and it think it worked very well for me.   Flirty Flamingo is such a pretty color, I went for that option  for my background. An instead of the Rectangle stitched dies, I used one of the new Stitched Nested dies, I think it added a little more fun to the card.
BTW, this card is going out to my daughter for her birthday this month.

I stamped and punched the cakes out using the punch, but then did have a bit of fussy cutting to put them together.  I colored using my Water color pencils, they seem to work very well on smaller spaces.  I used my stamp positioner for the cake topper and it worked great, the topper of flowers sits right on top with no gap.

I also used a retired Galvanized metal paper for the plate.   I just got out whatever greenery I have close by to pop under the die cut piece.  The tiny flowers is a tiny punch, retired, but I have a while bunch of these tiny punches.   You just never know when you will need a tiny flower, or heart or candle ect. I finished off with the little punched flowers, putting silver pearls in the centers.  I think the folded ribbon gave it a nice elegant look.


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Healing Vibes, Paper Players challenge #448.


I'm a little late to the party, but I really wanted to join in the Paper Players challenge this week.  I had ideas for the tic tac toe board. 
I thought it would be fun to try out a DSP frame using the Rectangle Stitched Dies.
I used the Subtle embossing folder on my Seaside Spray layer, then added the frames I made. I guess I could have added a whole bunch of flowers, but I tend to like simpler design decisions.
Here is the link to the Paper Players so you can see the challenge and what everyone else did, there are so many beautiful  cards.
  I went for the left side straight down but had across the top as well.

So, I found the 2 sizes of rectangle dies I needed to make the size I wanted, put them on my magnetic platform as even, one inside the other as I could get. The result is a frame with 2 sets of stitching.  I put my ribbon down then layered the frames on top. 
Next I silver embossed the Floral Essence stamped images and punched them out with the punch.
Here is a closer look at the embossing.

You can really see it shine in the photo.   Then I used my Aqua Painter to pick up a bit of color off my ink pad, ( I started with the blue) and mixed with water from the brush in the lid then lightly brushed onto my watercolor paper, silver embossed flowers.  I did the same thing with the Terracotta Tile ink.   I used glue dots to hold the 3 layers together and a dimentional  to attach to the card. 
The butterfly was cut from the retired Botanical Butterfly DSP, sure makes it easy when it's all colored for you.   You can use one of the butterfly stamp sets to stamp and punch out if you don't have the DSP.

Next was the sentiment. I used one from Healing Hugs and used one of the dies from the Stitched Label die set. 
The frames are cut from the new Woven Threads DSP, it's just gorgeous paper!

Thanks for stopping, I hope you enjoyed, if you have questions, please ask in comments and I'll post the answer there as well.


Saturday, June 29, 2019

2004 stamps meet 2019 colors, Freshly made shetches challenge #394


This weeks sketch just seemed perfect for my Christmas in (almost) July card. And being that I've been going through all my stamps lately I decided it should be a retro Christmas in July card. 
This set is from 2004.  Aren't these images so pretty? I just love this art work.  The sentiment is from Timeless Tidings which is retired, but I just love this font.  The embossing folder, who knows? It's SU but long retired, but a favorite for the holiday cards for me.
I've never sold one of my embossing folders.  I hoard them and I use them.  They are such an inexpensive way to have a fabulous card. You don't even need images over top. So many beautiful ways to color them then just put your sentiment on top and maybe a ribbon? 
All I did was layer first my Mossy Meadow CS over top of my card base that is Very Vanilla, then embossing VV piece to lay over top, then stamp and trim your image using your trimmer.  I did put a tiny piece of Merry Merlot on the top of the green strip and it's got stitching on it which really can't be seen here.
I cut my strip of green 1 3/4" and the images continue that look of layering.

I cut stamped my sentiment, then used the straight stitch piece from the Stitched Nested Label die set, twice, once top and once bottom, then trimmed close.  Added the red piece just a bit larger to it and glued it on too.
Really could be simpified, it all up to you.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, June 24, 2019

A card for you, Paper Players #447



A great sketch to work with from the Paper Players challenge this week.  I took this as my chance to work with the gorgeous new Perennial Essence DSP.  This paper is sever different actually painted images made into paper. If you see it close up, you can see the canvas texture and ever single piece is stunning.   I choose this piece as it had the colors I wanted to work in today.
Here is the challenge, stop on over and see what the team has done.



My colors are: Blushing Bride, Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White.  That sweet flower cuts out with a punch that is part of the bundle for the Floral Essence stamp set.
I started with the Blushing Bride card base, then embossed the purple with the Layered Leaves EF. added the slice of DSP and wrapped the ribbon around both, then tied a little knot.
I stamped and punched out 2 of the leaves and used a glue dot to put them together.  Then stamped my sentiment and die cut using the tiny piece in the Stitched Nested Label Dies that comes with the Free as a Bird bundle.
I hope you are inspired just a bit.


Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Little lace meets Floral Essence, Just Add Ink #462


This lace die bundle was in my first order in the new catalog. And it sure has turned out to be so very versatile.  I cut it in little strips for this and glued them down to the Grapefruit Grove paper underneath.
I have had some trouble with it cutting on my Big Shot, and I have to wonder if it's because my poor machine is getting old.  I've had it 8 yrs now, being a demo and doing classes, that's a very good run. I had to shim this to get part of it to cut.  I had tried all the tricks, tilting it, turning it around, putting it on the edge on both sides, nothing else worked. So shim it is.  All the little tiny pieces fell right out when using the brush end after I shimmed it.
Here is the challenge graphic for this week. Go here to see the teams cards.

So, my colors today are, Whisper White card base, Night of Navy, Grapefruit Grove and Soft Seafoam.  After putting my lace stips down I took the piece and trimmed the grapefruit until it was the way I wanted. I just wanted that small border around.

I embossed the Night of Navy layer with the Subtle embossing folder for a bit of extra texture.  I used the Floral Essence stamps for my flower, I just stamped in Grapefruit on Grapefruit, then fussy cut the flower out. I stamped the leaves on the Soft Seafoam, then used the Leaf Punch to punch them out.  I popped up my flower after laying my leaves down and used a Faceted Gem for the center.
I didn't use a sentiment, I need a few cards I can do anything with so just in case I have a card emergency.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Graffiti wall, Just Add Ink #461


I don't usually give my cards a name, but this just seems like graffiti to me.  So you understand, here is this weeks challenge. And check out the teams project here:

This looks to me like a residential area in a large city like NY.  It's done in black and white except for the golden color of the tree leaves.  The brick on my card represents the brick homes. I just turned it around and did the brick in colors and the tree in Basic gray.
I choose to use Mango Melody instead of a yellow as I'm just not much of a yellow person.  And I did add Bermuda Bay.  The colors come from the new Pigment Sprinkles in this years annual catalog.
Just a word of warning, if you try them, be really sure to go very, very easy on color, then spritz.  If you still have too much and maybe too much water, take a paper towel and dab lightly in those areas and let dry. But, just put down a tiny amount  of powder.

The Brick and Morter embossing folder is one of the new ones this year and SU is using a new supplier.  So, even tho they are 3D folders, they are not as heavy as the old ones were. You may have to play a bit on your Big Shot to get it right.   I found that spritzing the CS lightly before embossing gave a better image as well.  Also, I used watercolor paper, that will make a difference as it's heaver then our CS. 

I was short on tree images that would work, so I'm sorry, this one is retired.  It's called Serene Silhouette if you want to see if you can find it.