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!

Throwback Thursday – Monster Maniacs are Multiplying

Monster Maniacs
Monster Maniacs

A few more monsters invaded this blog, so I had to share them. (Can you tell I love teal/turquoise/blues in general?) I promise that I do make cards in other colors, check out my Facebook page and Instagram feed for proof! ‘Cause apparently I post more of the blues here!

Mini Masterpiece Monday – Blossoming Gift Card and Tag

Blossoming Gift Card and Tag
Blossoming Gift Card and Tag

Want a simple way to add interest and variety to a stamp image? See the two flowers on the tag and card? Same stamp, different ink and different punch, and voila, two different flowers. There’s no rule that says you have to use a punch that cuts out an entire image. The flowers are still complementary, but have added interest.

Details: Friends and Flowers stamp set; 7/8″ scallop circle, 1 1/4″ scallop circle, Festive Flower Builder and Scalloped Tag Topper punches; Mint Macaron cardstock and Envelope Paper; Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, and Tangelo Twist ink; rhinestones; Wink of Stella (on the white stripes); Pool Party 3/8″ glitter ribbon

 

Pop Up Birthday

Birthday Pop Up Card
Birthday Pop Up Card

I love square cards, but stopped making them since the post office charges extra for the different size. But why not make a square card that fits in a regular size envelope? No extra cost to mail it then!

And an extra bonus on this card, it can stand on its own, too.

Birthday Pop Up Inside
Birthday Pop Up Inside

Supplies used are:

Work of Art and Tin of Cards stamp sets
Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate, Whisper White and Soft Sky cardstock
Neutrals DSP
Chevron Border Punch
Everyday Chic Washi Tape  TIP: I applied the tape to the cardstock, then punched out the shape
Thick Bakers Twine in Smoky Slate
Vintage Faceted Button

 

 

Stand Up Card

 

Stand Up or Pop Up Card
Stand Up or Pop Up Card

This square card is perfect for those upcoming graduation gift needs. It folds flat for mailing, then pops up when the grad opens it. And you can even add a pocket for a gift card! Stop over to my YouTube channel for a quick video on how to make the base. It’s super easy.

Details for the front of this card:

Stamp the big dipper image from the Going Global set in Sahara Sand ink on the Sahara Sand card base. Stamp the compass image in Mossy Meadow on Lost Lagoon cardstock and punch out with circle punch. Cut two mats from Lost Lagoon, measuring 2 1/4 x 4 and 1 3/4 x 2 3/4. Cut a layer of the marbled design from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Pack at 2 1/4 x 3 3/4. Cut a layer of the script image from the same pack at 1 1/2 x 2 1/2. Assemble and adhere as shown.

Pop Up Grad Gift Card Holder - Inside View
Pop Up Grad Gift Card Holder – Inside View

Details for the inside of the card:

Cut two Lost Lagoon pieces of cardstock  4 x 4. Stamp with the big dipper image from Going Global set in matching ink. Cut a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock to 1 x 4, and punch with the Confetti Stars Border Punch. Stamp the sentiment from the Tin of Cards set in Archival Black Ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock and punch with the Decorative Label Punch. Punch another label from a scrap of Mossy Meadow cardstock, snip it in half, and layer behind the sentiment. Make a gold thread puddle on the back of the sentiment, using dimensional. Punch an assortment of stars from Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow and Very Vanilla scraps with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. Cut a piece of the compass design to 4 x4 from the Going Places Designer Series Paper, then cut in half from tip to tip. Apply Tear and Tape to just the right angle sides. Layer and adhere all elements together as shown. Slide gift card in the pocket created on the ‘floor’ of the pop up card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Masterpiece Monday – Endless Washi Wishes Birthday

Endless Washi Wishes
Endless Washi Wishes

Endless Washi Wishes, Endless Washi Wishes, Endless Washi Whishes – whew, try saying that three times really fast – let alone typing it! Anyhoo, card base is Whisper White, followed by a mat in Melon Mambo run through the Big Shot with the Large Polka Dot textured impressions embossing folder. I then took a piece of scrap Whisper White and placed stripes of the Everyday Chic Designer Washi Tape on it before attaching it to my card front. Then a cute birthday cake from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set, and it was finished. And to add some pizzazz to the envelope, I added a strip of matching washi tape to the flap.