Sunday, January 22, 2017

Kiss!


Here in Northern Minnesota, January is pretty typically a frigid and dreary month. We have had frigid, and we have had quite unseasonably warm weather. Totally weird! When it gets to 40° F in January here, that is a record! Really. And talking about the weather is a big deal here too. Why am I talking about the weather? Well, the cold and frigid weather always makes me want to pull out the pastels and the bright, sunshine-y colors. J As I type this, I am sitting in my hubby’s truck as we drive to my oldest son’s house, where we will get to see our grandson. It is grey and foggy and quite lacking in color.

 I wanted to play with some sweet In-Colors for this card, do the Colour Inkspiration Challenge was perfect for this card! And I am perpetually amazed at how well the Copper embossing powder seems to go with absolutely every color of ink! Here is how I created this card:
  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4¼”x5½”, tape to a board with painters tape. Either squeeze the lid, or put a drop of reinker into the lid of Sweet Sugarplum, Watermelon Wonder, and Peekaboo Peach, then dilute with a little water from your Aqua-painter.
  2. Apply a wash of clean water to the entire watercolor panel with, then pick up some Sweet Sugarplum with your Aquapainter and apply to the bottom portion of the watercolor. Wipe the color off the Aquapainter to switch to the Watercolor Wonder and apply to the center of the card, overlapping a little with the Sweet Sugarplum. Repeat with the Peekaboo Peach. Either air dry, or use the heat tool to dry the panel (I used the heat tool).
  3. Remove watercolor panel from board, wipe with Embossing Buddy, then stamp sentiment with Versamark ink, heat emboss with Copper embossing powder.
  4. Stamp the lips image in Watermelon Wonder below the sentiment.
  5. Stitch around the panel with sewing machine and white thread. Adhere to Thick Whisper White card base with Fast Fuse.
  6. Inside the card, ink the lips and stamp off once for each color, then stamp the sentiment in Archival Black ink. All done!
I love these lips! They are just so cute 😍

 I do have the watercolor panel popped up on coasters here, but you certainly wouldn't have to do that. 

Once I got started with this stamp set, I couldn't stop! I have one more set of projects with this set coming up. Here is a recap of what I have shared so far:


http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/01/saoccmini.html

http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/01/saoccmini.html



http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/01/saoccmini.html


http://tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com/2017/01/artisan-jan-1.html


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Blog Hop: Sealed with Love


Welcome to the very first 2017 Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! This is such an incredible honor, and I am still thrilled to have been chosen. As a "brief" intro of myself to those who have never heard of me (and I am SURE that will be most everyone that goes through this hop, 😊), I have been a stamper for about 15 years, and a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 10 years. I joined for the discount (cuz who wouldn't?!) and have stayed for the discount, the wonderful community of stampers, and the lovely people I have met through workshops, classes, and clubs that I have held through the years. Now, Stampin' Up! is not what I do as a profession, I am an Emergency Department nurse. I try to keep my "nurse humor" to a minimum on this blog, as it may be a bit too much for delicate ears, lol! I love being a nurse, but it is an emotionally, physically, and mentally demanding job. I NEED the therapy that stamping provides. No matter what mistakes I make with stamping, it is just paper! Stamping provides an area where control and precision are not necessarily needed, or even wanted. Maybe that is why I adore watercolor so much. You will find that I do a lot of watercolor. And that I use too many smiley faces and exclamation points. Get used to it. It's not gonna change 😀😊😁!!!! I also talk too much. You might be able to tell that already. Oh, and another reason I love to stamp... I cannot draw to save my life!! Stamps are awesome that way 😄 Oh, and I have been married to my sweetie for 26 years, have 4 adult kids, and 1 adorable grandson! Yes, I know, I look much too young for that 😜

We are so happy to share with your our creations with Sealed with Love! If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Germany and the lovely Sylwia Schreck's blog. Gorgeous, right?!

So, funny story about this post. We had planned a December cruise with my brother and his family for this year, and then I found out I was chosen for the Artisan Design Team. Both of these are fabulous things! And the first deadline for the ADT was scheduled to be during our cruise. So I hoped and prayed that my box of goodies would arrive at their earliest estimated delivery date, about 36  hours before my plane was to depart. Well, bad weather delayed my goodies, and they arrived in my home about the time I landed in Florida.... so I was not going to be able to participate in the FaceBook portion of the first blog hop for the Artisan Design Team. So sad, but I understood. The first day of our return, I was busy catching up on all of those things that await you at home, and had just put away all of my new goodies between loads of laundry, when I checked my email. And there was a snafu with everyone uploading their projects, and I was able to put together a project and submit it with everyone else! How awesome is that?!
All that being said, this card is nothing like what I had planned when I went into my craft room. I had a whole list of ideas that I had brainstormed before my box arrived. Then this idea demanded to be used. I hope you like it!
 

The colors for this card were greatly influenced by the fact that I had just returned from the Caribbean. And I do so love water, blues, and greens. And watercolor! 😎
Here is how I made this card:
  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4¼"x5½", tape down to a board with painter's tape. (You will be trimming this down later)
  2. Either squeeze an ink pad to get ink on the lid, or add a drop of re-inker to the open lid of Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Emerald Envy ink pads. Dilute with some water from you Aqua-painter.
  3. With an Aqua-painter and clean water, wet the watercolor panel. Apply a wash of Pool Party. Air dry, or dry with Heat Tool. I did use the heat tool. Add layers of Island Indigo and Emerald Envy, drying between each layer and each color. Keep playing with the colors and layers until your hot mess turns into something you like. 
  4. Trim down to 3¾"x5". Emboss with the adorable new Falling Petals embossing folder. Stitch around the edges with sewing machine and white thread, pull the tails to the back and tape down. Adhere panel to Thick Whisper White card base with Fast Fuse. 
  5. Take a scrap of Vellum that is at least 3" square, wipe with Embossing Buddy, stamp the sentiment in Island Indigo, then Clear heat emboss. Die cut with a heart from Sweet and Sassy Framelits set. Cut a next size smaller heart out of Pool Party, layer the hearts together and stitch down the center. Pull the tails back, tape in place. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere to the card front. 
  6. Inside the card, ink up the paint swoosh image with Pool Party, stamp off once, then stamp in the center of the inside panel. Ink up the row of hearts image in Emerald Envy, stamp off once, and stamp over the swoosh. All done!
 Here is a little peek behind the heart to see how it is popped up.

And the swoosh of hearts on the inside! I like to stamp things lightly on the inside of the card that it would be easy to write over the top of. It adds pizzazz to the inside without taking away from space to write.

I am the last stop on the hop, but if you joined us somewhere in the middle, be sure to keep on clickin'! The next stop is Allison Okamitsu, and you do not want to miss her creations!

http://nicepeoplestamp.blogspot.com/2017/01/artisan-jan-1.html


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Playful Pals Edition

http://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2017/01/playful-pals.html
I don't know about you, but I was skeptical about this set. I was not sure I needed another builder set for animals. But there have been some really cute projects made with it, and I am warming up to it!

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.

If you are following along in order, you arrived from the fabulous Dawn Tidd's blog! I am sure she had plenty of Wow! going on there 😀

I will admit, this stamp set was hard for me to use initially. I looked at it and drew a complete creative blank for a long time. Then I decided to try create a little Bokeh effect with some of the oval-type shapes and Crushed Curry Daffodil Delight. I really just wanted to play with the new embossing folders, 😁 What do you think? I hope you like it!

Inside, I just used the smaller oval-ish shape in Crushed Curry, stamping several times without reinking. The Softly Falling embossing folder never gets old, and the sentiment comes from Crazy About You.

Next, I created a little face. I love this face because it immediately made me think of the PBS Kids show, Arthur. And Arthur reminded me of my oldest son when he was young. I am so glad my kids enjoyed this show. And now I feel old, because it is an old show now...

Look at that sweet face peeking out at you!! The sentiment for this one came from Sprinkles of Life.


That is it for me, time to move on to Charlene Harreveld's blog, where I am sure the zoo will continue to grow!

http://stampinwithcharlene.com/201701playful-pals-stamp-review-crew-html

http://tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com/tiddbits-from-dawn/2017/01/the-stamp-review-crew-playful-pals-edition.html

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