Saturday, June 23, 2018

Stampin' Up! Rooted in Nature, Enjoy Life and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits

My card today uses a sentiment from Enjoy Life. I made my own patterned paper with the stamps from Rooted in Nature. I have to give credit to Rachel Tessman for the pop up design. She used Nature's Poem DSP but I haven't ordered that yet.

There is no sentiment on the outside because it's here...

This card is so easy to make. Measurements and product list are below. The colors I used to make my own DSP were Gray Granite, So Saffron and Mint Macaron.

First you make your card base using Thick Whisper White. Cut your inside piece of DSP and adhere it. Using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and the Big Shot, cut out your detailed dragonfly in black and the plain dragonfly in vellum. Adhere them together. Because I used dies and there's lots of "white space", I'm entering my card at Happy Little Stampers June - Anything Goes With Dies and Happy Little Stampers June CAS Challenge.

Punch two sets of vellum leaves using the leaf punch. Adhere them to the outside piece of DSP. Adhere the DSP to the card front placing it 5/8" in from the left side. 

Take the classic label punch and position it where you want the dragonfly to be in the opening. The punch goes all the way in, you just have to determine the vertical placement. Move the punch down and punch just a little bit more at the bottom to accommodate the length of the dragonfly. Once you've punched the opening, lay your butterfly on top to be sure the length is correct. 

Pinch the wings together, put liquid glue on the bottom of its body and adhere to the inside through the opening. Make sure it's dry before you open and close the front. Once it's secure you can add bling or pearls to the top of his body.

When the card is closed the wings should be spread out. When you open it, the wings fold up by themselves. Stamp the sentiment where indicated. Now you're ready to mail it out!

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know if you have questions. C ya!


Card base: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
DSP for inside: 5 1/4" x 4"
DSP for outside: 2" x 4" or 2" x 4 1/4" if you want it to go all the way to top and bottom of card front
Basic Black scrap for detailed dragonfly
Vellum scraps for plain dragonfly and leaves

Product List:

Leaf Punch
Big Shot

Friday, June 22, 2018

Stampin' Up! Apron of Love and Waterfront

There are some stamps that are retired that I cannot part with and today I used one set to complement the Apron of Love. More about that later.

We have friends who bought a camper after Perry and I had to sell our RV and stop traveling so I travel vicariously through them. They tow their trailer behind their truck so I thought my DSP would be appropriate for a card for his birthday next week. 

I was inspired by the sketch at Try Stampin' on Tuesday or Not #369

The challenge at Stamp Ink Paper #155
this week is Summer Fun and I think camping fits right in with that. There were bugs on my DSP but that part I cut off because I do not like bugs and neither do 

And, last but not least, Inspired by Challenge - Backyard BBQ

Take a gander (no there are no ducks in the DSP!)...

My card base is the retired Chocolate Chip and the DSP is from the retired Pick a Pattern. The apron bottom is the opposite side of the camping design. I printed out the sentiment on the banner in Word. 

The words on the apron are from that stamp set. I only intended to use the BBQ part but after I stamped the utensils, I realized they were the baking ones so I added the second phrase! I tried to stamp the BBQ utensils on the bottom of the apron but it didn't work out so I die cut the bottom of the apron and adhered it to the full apron. Aren't the apron strings the cutest? and those little pockets? This is a great stamp set with matching dies if you are a chef, baker or still tied to your mother's apron strings!

For the inside, using Call Me Clover, I stamped the sentiment from Bear Hugs, which I mentioned is retired.

I used the Waterfront stamp set to create the waves and shadows in the water. I used Blueberry Bushel, stamping off once (except for one time, which was an oops) and also using Pacific Point, stamped off once. I sponged the very bottom with Balmy Blue and Pacific Point. The fish, from Bear Hugs, are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The sun, from the Waterfront set, is stamped in Pineapple Punch. The sky is sponged in Balmy Blue.

Thank you for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Stampin' Up! Lovely As a Tree for the Happy Inkin' Blog Hop

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Here we are for the second time...blogging jointly with Sandi MacIver's team and Amy's. This happens once a month and today we have our choice of following the sketch and/or the color challenge. I have chosen to do both!

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I have used Lovely as a Tree for my art panel and a sentiment from Sheltering Tree. 

My card base is Fresh Fig with a mat of Bermuda Bay. I watercolored my scene using an Aqua Painter, Fresh Fig, Bermuda Bay and Pear Pizzazz ink pads. To achieve the darker colors, I used my ink refills. 

I wrapped my Fresh Fig ribbon around the mat and secured it with tape on the back. I made a separate bow and glued it on the ribbon. 

The sentiment is stamped in Fresh Fig on a piece of Watercolor Paper. The little leaves are from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and were stamped with Bermuda Bay. 

This will be a note card so the inside just has a piece of plain Very Vanilla card stock adhered to the base. Measurements and product list can be found after the team member names.

Clicking on the "Next" button will take you to Julie Johnston. If you prefer, you can click on any name below to go directly to that blog. I hope you have time to do so as we have very talented members from both teams participating.

Amy Koenders
Shelagh Freemantle 

Thank you for stopping by and hopping with us.


Card base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Mat: 5 1/4" x 4"
Art Panel: 4" x 2 1/2"
Sentiment: 4" x 1/2"

Product List:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Stampin' Up! Painted Glass

I feel like I'm a little repetitious with this stamp set but I just can't help myself! Here it is, yet again...

I created this based on a card that Rebecca Urban did.

My card base is Whisper White with a mat of Blueberry Bushel. The "ladder" and "circle" are cut from the Stained Glass Thinlits dies using Whisper White scraps.  The roses are cut from the same die set, heat set in gold emboss powder, and colored with Daffodil Delight Blends and Old Olive Blends. I added a lot of Rhinestone Basic Jewels here and there.  The sentiment is from Painted Glass, stamped in Blueberry Bushel and the butterfly is tone on tone.

Thank you for stopping by today.

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'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!