Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stampin' Up! Painted Glass

Good Tuesday morning, peeps. I'm getting my money's worth out of this stamp set. I just love the Gothic look of the sentiments. This particular one can be used for just about anything!

I wanted to use my Basic Jewel Pearls to cover the holes where my White Baker's Twine runs through, but that would have knocked me out of the running in the Cards in Envy Feeling Blue and Distressed Challenge. One of their rules is no lumpy or bumpy cards. Another rule is it must be flat enough to mail in an envelope.

Tuesday Morning Sketches #458 was my inspiration for the design.

So, let me tell you about my card. The technique is the "Stampin' Mist Ghosting Technique", created by Patsy Waggoner. I believe she is the originator anyway!

My card base is the new Balmy Blue from Stampin' Up! The inks are both Distressed Oxides from Ranger...Broken China and Faded Jeans. I used a sponge to sponge each color onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Then I sprayed the butterfly stamp from the Painted Glass set with Stampin' Mist. I did this step 5 times for each "ghostly" image. You could probably do this with White Craft Ink but that's messy and using the mist cleans your stamp instead of getting it yucky!

I stamped the sentiment in Faded Jeans on a scrap of Whisper White and die cut it with the Stitched Shape Framelits. From a scrap of Night of Navy, I die cut the scalloped mat using the Layering Ovals Framelits. I adhered the scalloped mat to the center of the art panel. Then I punched holes at each end of the sentiment, ran a piece of White Baker's Twine behind it, adhered it to the scalloped mat, continued to wrap the twine around the Night of Navy mat and tied a bow. I then adhered that to my card base.

This was a quick and easy card and a fun technique.

Thanks for stopping by. See ya real soon!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Painted Glass
Card stock & Papers     Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Whisper White
 Ink Ranger Distressed Oxides
Accessories White Thick Baker's Twine
Tools     1/8" Circle Punch, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Adhesive, Sponges

Monday, June 18, 2018

Stampin' Up! - Christmas Pines

Yes, it is time to start making your Christmas cards. Time flies and Christmas will be here before you know it. So, to help you out...

and to help me out...

The holly is the smallest stamp and, along with the sentiments, it is from the Christmas Pines stamp set.

First I stamped the holly in Garden Green using Dawn Olchefske's template/Stamparatus method (see below). I stamped the sentiments in Lovely Lipstick. I added retired Real Red enamel dots and then drew the actual wreath by hand using my Garden Green Stampin' Write marker. Next time I will stamp a circle first, then add the holly...if there is a next time! 

My card base is Garden Green. The mat is retired This Christmas DSP. I used the Layering Squares Framelits for my squares. The scalloped mat behind the Whisper White art panel is Garden Green. You can barely see it in the photo.  Rather than reinvent the wreath...I mean wheel...here's a link to a wonderful tutorial by DO Stamping, which will show you how I stamped the holly and outer edge sentiments.

Over at the Watercooler, Gail's got an "All About Occasions" challenge, WWC174. Christmas is quite a special occasion for me!

I hope you have the time to visit the challenge sites and thanks for stopping by today. C ya!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Stampin' Up! Fabulous Flamingo

So, today I stayed true to my words from the other day and I CASE'd the non SU flamingo card.

It's not what I had intended to do but when I saw Sunday Stamps SSC 181 Tropical Hues

sites this morning, I had to change course. I'm not sure if I left as much "white space" needed, but hopefully Jaydee and the rest of the Design Team will be forgiving! I did achieve the minimal layers and embellishments...let me tell you about it...

My card base is Basic Black, a mat of Granny Apple Green, and a piece of Whisper White for the art piece. I used only the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set to make my card. The inks I used are Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce. I LOVE these colors in case you haven't heard me say so! When I stamped the palm fronds in Shaded Spruce, I stamped off once. I sponged the white area with Granny Apple Green because it was just too bright for my taste. Jaydee and DT members...just pretend it's white...lol.

No matter what, this stamp set seems to be a permanent fixture on my desk. I need to make room for the other 69 sets in my current stash!

Thank you so much for stopping by. C ya!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Fabulous Flamingo
Card stock & Papers     Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White
 Ink Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories None
Tools     Stampin' Trimmer

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Stampin' Up! Half Full

I think I'm supposed to be making a CASE of my card I posted yesterday, but I didn't get to it. I got into the wine today, which is nothing unusual...

You can't blame me, right? So, the DSP is retired but everything else is current.

Since it so late at night for this post, I'm keeping it short. If you would like details, just leave a comment and I'll respond as soon as tomorrow morning!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Pink Flamingo!

If you follow my blog or visit every day, you know I always start my post line with "Stampin' Up!". Today is different. My card doesn't use SU products but tomorrow I'll be back to CASE this card using Stampin' Up! products!

We made this card at Barb's house last night with our card group. She had die cut the flamingo for us so all we had to do was sponge the art panel with her Distress inks, stamp it with Versa Mark ink, heat emboss it with gold embossing powder, adhere the flamingo, stamp the sentiment and affix it to the card. I added Melon Mambo retired enamel dots.

Did you know that flamingos no longer breed in Florida (according to some sources)? Occasionally they are spotted in the Everglades National Park. You can always find them at Animal Kingdom...thank you Walt Disney World! and you can find them in many yards in southwest Florida...plastic ones that is! They get their pink color from eating brine shrimp (they are born gray). If you are really interested, here's a link to an article in our local newspaper about them.

Now for the fronds on the card...did you know that palm trees bloom? Why yes, yes, they do and their blooms are male, pale yellow and very heavy. Just ask the men here who have to cut them off. Bees love the blooms! Ours are not blooming right now, but here's a pic I found of what ours looks like.

I say all that to say this...I'm entering this card at 4 Crafty Chicks #407 Birds 'N Blooms. I played with them back in May and I hope you'll take time to visit their site and check out their Design Team and other participants.

Thank you for stopping by, hopefully leaving a comment, and returning tomorrow!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Stampin' Up! Painted Glass and Fabulous Flamingo for Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome to another Thursday hop. This week we have a color challenge...

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I love these colors together...very tropical and fitting for where I live. I can't wait to see what my team members have created and I hope you will hop to each blog after you have finished here.

Here's what I came up with for today...

My card base is Blushing Bride (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"), a mat of Shaded Spruce (3 7/8" x 5 1/8") and a Whisper White piece (3 3/4" x 5") for the art panel. 

I used the palm frond and flamingo legs from Fabulous Flamingo to stamp directly on the panel. The palm fronds are stamped in Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce (stamped off once). Using Blushing Bride, I stamped the body of the flamingo on a piece of Shimmery White and fussy cut it. I adhered it with dimensionals over the legs I had already stamped. 

On a scrap piece of Whisper White, I stamped the sentiment from Painted Glass in Granny Apple Green. I cut it to look like a banner and did the same with the mat of Shaded Spruce. I won't be giving you measurements for those because I just kept cutting 'til it fit the way I wanted! Very scientific, right?

I used the die from Celebrate You to cut out "YOU" in the three colors and glued them together, slightly askew, and adhered it to the art panel. Then I put everything together and the card front was done.

Here's the inside...

I stamped one palm frond in Shaded Spruce full strength and one stamped off once. I stamped the "you are" from Thoughtful Banners in Granny Apple Green. I cut "amazing" with the Celebrate You Framelits in Shade Spruce.

This card is for my grandson who got all A+ in college except for one A-. He is amazing! One day we may see him on Broadway or TV or Disney!!

I hope you'll click on the "Next" button below that will take you to Julie Johnston's project. Clicking on each name will take you directly to that team member's project. Thanks for stopping by.

Karen Finkle - you are here!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Stampin' Up! Graceful Glass

Today the only stamping I did was for my sentiment. I let the Graceful Glass DSP do it's work after I colored it. 

I'm playing at three challenge sites:

1. Color Throwdown - ctd497

I used my Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch, Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Markers to color the DSP. My card base is Calypso Coral and I put a Whisper White mat under the DSP to show off the colors. I adhered the vellum to it with liquid glue.

To hide the seam between the two DSP pieces (and to follow the sketch), I used Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon and Linen Thread. I wrapped it around the mat and secured it with glue dots. I adhered the mat to the base with mini dimensionals.

The bees are from EK Success.

The sentiment is stamped in Call Me Clover using the Painted Glass stamp set. I sponged it with a dauber using Calypso Coral ink.

I spent the day cleaning up my craft space. I really feel a sense of accomplishment. Now I can make a card tomorrow that requires a little more work than this one!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my card. I enjoy your visits!


Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Mat: 4" x 5 1/4"
DSP: 1 @ 2 1/2" x 5"; 1 @ 1 1/2" x 5"

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