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.

New Catalog Open House Sneak Peek 3

Sneak Peek Swirly Bird
Sneak Peek Swirly Bird

Swirly Bird is fast becoming my favorite new stamp set. And here’s a sneak peek of Emerald Envy and a few more favorites. We’ll be trying out the collage technique at my New Catalog Open House this weekend. Are you coming?

New Catalog Open House Sneak Peek 2

Sneak Peek Sugarplum
Sneak Peek Sugarplum

Another new technique and new in colors mixed with returning favorites. Would you like to come to my Open House? Send me a comment and I’ll get all the details to you.

New Catalog Open House Sneak Peek 1

SneakPeekPuffyBalloon
SneakPeekPuffyBalloon

My New Catalog Open House is this weekend! And here’s a sneak peek at one of the cards. I am loving the new In Colors mixed with older favorites, how about you? Learn the technique to making puffy balloons and some gorgeous watercoloring. Let me know in the comments if you want to attend. Lots of fun crafting, new and dear friends, and yummy treats!

Sail Away with Swirly Bird Boat

Sail Away with Swirly Bird Boat
Sail Away with Swirly Bird Boat

Summer fun with the adorable boat from the Swirly Bird stamp set. Can even get a little wave action from the matching Thinlet, Swirly Scribbles. Two new in colors, Dapper Denim and Emerald Envy, pair beautifully with the returning Delightful Dijon and Very Vanilla. Add the appropriate sentiment on the inside of this card, and it’s perfect for a birthday, baby, or just because. Happy sailing!