Cheerful Tag

Cheerful tag
Cheerful Tag

Squee! I told myself I didn’t need the Tin of Tags or the Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies, but guess what? I did need them ūüėä

TIP: Dont be afraid to let the embellishments hang over the edge of the tag. It adds a lot of dimension.

And this sentiment is my favorite. Who wouldn’t want to tear open their present!

Beautiful You

Beautiful You
Beautiful You

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I attended Stampin’ Up OnStage in Madison, a gathering of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators where we got to see the new Occasions catalog and stamped¬†with new goodies. I came home with¬†the gorgeous new set, Beautiful You and I paired it with the Stitched Shapes Framelits that are available for the month of November. The set features brushwork art and absolutely fabulous sentiments. A bit of watercolor with the new pencils makes the figure pop. I peeled the back off the White Perfect Accents and applied three of them with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I thought the sentiment was fitting for the results of the election this week, as well as Veteran’s Day.

Dandelion Marks Silver Anniversary

Dandelion from Balloon Celebration
Dandelion from Balloon Celebration

I have been waiting to make this dandelion image since the moment I first saw the individual seed image in Balloon Celebration. Since I was using Versamark, a clear ink for embossing, I first stamped a template using the small seed spaced evenly in a circle with a colored ink, and then stamped the large seed in a different color ink. I placed my piece of vellum cardstock¬†over the top of the template, and stamped in Versamark. Then I heat embossed with white embossing powder, applied my adhesive under the dandelion image and adhered to a Silver Foil mat. And my dandelion stem is made of the words ‘let us celebrate’, a perfect sentiment for a 25 year silver anniversary!

Thank You with a Flourish

Thank You With a Flourish
Thank You With a Flourish

This card started with the yellow swoosh from Work of Art that was left over from a previous card making session that didn’t work out the way I planned. All of a sudden, I had a burst of inspiration, and these cards came together in minutes. I love the mix of Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Daffodil Delight, and the bold pop of black contrasts beautifully. It’s amazing what can be created with scraps!

 

Counting Stars

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Shaker cards are easier than ever with the new Foam Mounting Strips! The four big stars are all shakers with mini multi-colored stars inside. No need to cut the mounting strips for each star point. I chose a starting point, and curved/pointed my way around all in one strip. And the Star framelits make quick work of the shapes.

Wherever You Go

Wherever You Go
Wherever You Go

As soon as I saw this stamp set, Wherever You Go, I had to have it, as the bridge image reminds me of the Mackinac Bridge. I love looking at the bridge from the water perspective, but don’t ask me to drive across it – freaks me out!

This card came together in minutes as the water/skyline is a piece of the Serene Scenery designer paper, no sponging or inking required.

Here are photos I took of the actual Mackinac Bridge on my last visit to Mackinac Island.

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Love You Lots Floating Froggy

Love You Lots Floating Froggy
Love You Lots Floating Froggy

I fell head over heels in love with all of the little critters from the Love You Lots hostess set in the big catalog. This little froggy appears to float in mid air while sending happy thoughts. And he spins! Just ‘wind’ him up before putting the card in the envelope, and he’ll spin around when the card is taken out – too cute.

Love You Lots Thinking of You
Love You Lots Thinking of You

This type of card, floating image or thread spinner, is very easy to make, and looks impressive. My froggy wasn’t symmetrical, so to get around that, I inked him up and stamped him on a window sheet. I then pressed the stamped image onto a scrap of cardstock and fussy cut him out. I stamped another image of him onto cardstock like usual, placed it back to back with the already cut out image, and fussy cut again, so my cutting would line up as much as possible. If your image is symmetrical, just ink and stamp twice and cut out.

Love You Lots inside detail
Love You Lots inside detail

After I colored the images with ink and a blender pen, I sandwiched a piece of baker’s twine between the two frog images with adhesive. For the card base, I lined up a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cardstock with the front of my card base and used a circle framelit to diecut through both layers at once. I adhered my frog-on-a-string in the center of the circle on the back of the card front and hid the ‘mess’ with the extra piece of cardstock.

The tiny flowers are from Swirly Bird, just stamped in Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach inks and diecut with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlit. I layered them around the circle using glue dots.

I had a blast making this card – hope you enjoy it!

 

 

Oh Happy Day – It’s Friday

Oh Happy Day
Oh Happy Day

I’m loving this clean and simple look! A little texture from the Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, the extra large greeting in Delightful Dijon, part of a doily, and a metal rimmed pearl in a swirl of gold thread make for an extra happy day.

 

Masterpiece Monday – From Scrap!

Flourish Work of Art from scraps
Flourish Work of Art from scraps

This card started from scraps left on my work table, the piece of Whisper White stamped with the ‘swoosh’ from Work of Art in Flirty Flamingo and the large leaf branch from the Flourish Thinlet in Kraft cardstock. I added another branch, and two flowers from the Flourish Thinlets, as well as the long chain. Popped up the focal point with doubled-up Dimensionals. Moral of the story: leave leftovers from one card out for inspiration!

Sugarpluming Floral Mask

Sugarpluming Floral Mask
Sugarpluming Floral Mask

Ever wonder how to get that perfect layered look? It’s an easy technique called masking, and it results in beautiful dimension with only one layer.

This card uses two masks. For this card, start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut 8 1/2 x 4 1/4, and score the long edge at 4 1/4. Stamp the flower from Flower Shop in Archival Black ink, just right of center. Stamp another one on a piece of scrap paper or on a post it note, and fussy cut just inside the line – this is the mask. Place mask over the stamped first blossom. Ink and stamp the bottom flower, overlapping the mask. Make another mask and place over the bottom flower. Stamp the top flower.

Scribble with the brush tip end of Stampin’ Write markers – I used Rich Razzleberry, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum. Pencil a vertical line through the middle of the right blossom. Cut with scissors, fussy cut around the blossom edges.

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Stamp flower on inside of card, and color with Sweet Sugarplum. Layer mats and adhere with SNAIL. Tie Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon around the card front next to fold line, knot and trim ends. Add rhinestone center to front flowers.

This card fits in a regular size envelope. No extra postage!

Watering Botanical Blossoms

Watering Botanical Blossoms
Watering Botanical Blossoms

Here’s a new softer take on the Botanical Blossoms. I’ve always cut them out of cardstock, but was inspired by Melissa Gunn’s take on the blossoms using watercolor paper.

Swirly Timeless Textures

Swirly Timeless Textures
Swirly Timeless Textures

I think I have a new favorite style – collage stamping. And a new favorite color combo!

Stamp the rectangular blotch (how’s that for a description) from Timeless Textures in Crumb Cake ink on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock six times as shown in sample. Stamp the swirl circle from Timeless Textures in Delightful Dijon ink randomly several times. Stamp the splotches from Swirly Bird in Delightful Dijon several times. Stamp the grid from Timeless Textures in Delightful Dijon several times.

Cut the big swirl from Swirly Scribbles in Emerald Envy cardstock on the Big Shot. Apply glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen sparingly to the back and adhere the swirl to the stamped collage background.

Swirl Gold Metallic Thread on the back of a large Metal Rimmed Pearl and attach it to the base of the big swirl.

Assemble remaining layers.

Puffy Balloons

Puffy Balloons
Puffy Balloons

Puffed up balloons, shimmery paper, watercolor background, and sparkly sequins all scream ‘it’s party time’.

I stamped 3 balloons from Balloon Celebration on vellum cardstock with Versamark. I embossed with white embossing powder and heat set with the heat tool. I punched out those 3 embossed balloons with the Balloon punch, and punched out 3 more balloon shapes. I turned the stamped balloons face down on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat, and used the round end of an Aqua Painter to press around the edges of the balloon shape until the balloon ‘puffed up’. Place a dimensional on the back towards the bottom, so the dimensional is hidden by the embossing. Take a length of white baker’s twine and run it over the edge of a bone folder until it curls slightly. Place the baker’s twine on top of the dimensional at the base of the balloon and place a plain balloon over it. Voila, puffy balloon! Repeat two more times and set aside.

Load up the lid of Daffodil Delight ink pad, dip the tip of the Aqua Painter in the pooled ink, and randomly paint on a piece of Shimmer White cardstock. Repeat with Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo inks, squeezing the Aqua Painter between colors to clean the brush.

Layer mats using SNAIL. TIP: Use vertical swipes of SNAIL on the back of the shimmer cardstock and use horizontal swipes on the front of the mat to create a super strong hold!

Use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere gold sequins and use Glue Dt to adhere the bottom two balloons. Use a dimensional to adhere the top balloon.

Here are some closeups so you can see the dimension and the shimmer.

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RGB Codes for In Colors 2016

 

RGB Color Codes
RGB Color Codes

If you like to craft with your computer as I do, it’s handy to have the RGB color codes to match the real deal exactly. So I’ve created a handy dandy chart that you can download for free – just click on the link¬†RGB Color Codes¬†and you’ll be ready to craft digitally.