Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Creative Crew: Rainbow Spotlight

We all need some encouragement in our lives sometimes. And rainbows. Lots and lots of rainbows!! This card is the result of the Creative Crew Catalog Focus challenge this month. Take a tutorial from Splitcoaststampers.com and use your favorite new SU product.

Well, I am loving the new In-Colors!! I can't get enough of them! And I used a couple of them on this card with the Spotlighting technique. I don't have a MISTI, so I had to improvise a bit and plan for some wiggle room :) Here is how I did it:
  1. Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 4¼"x11", score in half at 5½". This is the card base.
  2. Cut a piece of Crumb Cake to 4"x5¼". Cut a piece of watercolor paper to about 1½"x4½". 
  3. Stamp Rainbow on the watercolor piece with part of it off the bottom, use Archival Black ink. Color each letter a different color in rainbow order with an Aqua-painter: Real Red, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay, and Rich Razzleberry. 
  4. Lay the watercolor panel down on the Crumb Cake panel where you want it to be. Ink up your image with Crumb Cake ink, then slide the watercolor panel up until you can stamp the image where the watercolor panel with overlay it, but you can still use the panel as a reference. 
  5. Repeatedly stamp the rainbow image all over the Crumb Cake panel and alone the bottom edge of the inside of the card base.
  6. Lay the watercolored panel over the image you intend to spotlight and trim down to the right size, starting with the ends, and trimming the top down to just above the image. By leaving extra paper to begin with, it gives you wiggle room to adjust the angle and the centering of the image.
  7. Stamp the other pieces of the sentiment in Archival Black ink above and below the panel.
  8. Outline the Crumb Cake panel with a white gel pen or chalk pencil.
  9. Apply dimensionals to the back of the water color panel and adhere to the Crumb Cake panel. Then apply dimensionals to the back go the completed panel and adhere to the cardfront. (I am still using coasters for all of this). All done!
 Here is a side view which shows all of the dimension, and a peek at the stamping inside. I made this a top-fold card, just because I felt like it!

Have you tried the spotlight technique? I think it has a lovely and dramatic feel!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Flashback Birthday

The paper in the Playful Palette DSP stack gives me flashbacks to my middle and high school days. And yes, I know that dates me :) I loved the brushstroke look in bright primary colors when I was living in that era, but I am not as thrilled with them this time... but my daughter-in-law loves them! I do like the colors they used, but not so much the way they used them. So it was definitely time to challenge myself to use this paper! The Creative Crew DSP/Color Focus challenge this time was to take one of your go-to colors and pair it with a neutral you rarely use.

So I chose Peekaboo Peach and paired it with Very Vanilla and Basic Black. I do not use either of them very often. And I used a print from this stack that I do not like very much to challenge myself even further! Here is how I did it:
  1. Create a Peekaboo Peach 4¼"x5½" cardbase. 
  2. Cut a ½"x5½" strip from the DSP. Adhere about 1/8" from the fold of the cardbase.
  3.  Flip the DSP and cut a 2½"x5" piece of the same DSP. Cut a piece of Vellum to 3-5/8"x5" and emboss with Softly Falling embossing folder. Lightly adhere the DSP to the vellum about 1/8" from left edge, then stitch in place with sewing machine.
  4. Cut a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock to ½"x5¼". Cover with Clear Wink of Stella. Adhere slightly over lapping the black DSP strip.
  5. Use dimensionals, or trimmed down coasters if you have a bazillion of them like I do, behind the DSP, and adhere to the cardfront, slightly overlapping the shimmery Peekaboo Peach strip.
  6. Use a scrap of Very Vanilla that is at least 2"x4", stamp the double banner in Archival Black ink, then stamp the sentiments in the banner in the same ink. Die cut with matching die in Bunch of Banners die set. Apply dimensionals to the back of the banner and peel the backing off. Then create a nest of Copper thread by wrapping around your fingers several times, then lay on the exposed dimensionals, arranging as desired. Adhere this unit to the card front.
  7. Inside the card, stamp the candle base 3 times in Peekaboo Peach, then the flames in Crushed Curry stamped off. Then stamp Happy Birthday in Archival Black over the candles. All Done!

This would make a cute card front too, if you like clean and simple! I do like this card. And guess what... this DSP is growing on me too :)

Do you have flashbacks from this DSP? What are they?!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Creative Crew: Sympathy

Often times when we need a sympathy card, we are just not in a creative state of mind. For that reason, I like to have a stash of sympathy cards available at all times. And they are my biggest sellers at work. So when the Creative Crew Holiday Focus for August was Sympathy cards, I was all over that!

I had bought the Heartfelt Sympathy set this spring, I think, with the thought that it would be a marvelous set for all of those sympathy cards I should crank out. And I paired it with Gorgeous Grunge this time, which is a must-have set in my opinion :)  Here is how I made it:
  1. Cut a panel of watercolor paper to 4"x5¼". Create a 4¼"x5½" Soft Sky card base.
  2. Squeeze your Soft Sky and Peekaboo Peach ink pads to create a puddle of ink on the lids. Use your Aqua-painter to dilute the inks and watercolor a puddle of Soft Sky. Heat set, then repeat in a different but overlapping pattern with the Peekaboo Peach. Heat set again.
  3. Splash clean water on the panel, then dab the water off with a relatively clean cloth. This removes some of the ink in a spatter pattern. 
  4. Then either load your Aqua-painter with leftover diluted ink from the inkpad lids and spatter onto panel by tapping the brush over the watercolor paper, or use the fine spatter image from Gorgeous Grunge to apply some spatters. Dry again.
  5. Use Embossing Buddy over the water color panel, then test to see if any embossing powder sticks. If it sticks, brush off, then heat with heat tool and test again. 
  6. When the embossing powder no longer sticks, use the embossing buddy again, stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink, sprinkle with Copper embossing powder, and heat set. 
  7. Stitch around the panel with sewing machine and thread.
  8. Apply dimensionals, (or trimmed coasters if you have a big stash of them like I do), to the back of the watercolor panel and adhere to the front of the cardbase. 
  9. Stamp the second part of the sentiment in Soft Suede inside the card, then stamp the fine spatter image in Soft Sky and Peekaboo Peach from the right lower corner up towards the center. All Done!
 Soft Suede was about as close as I could get to the Copper embossing powder color for ink. Embossing inside the card on the cardbase tends to warp the card a bit, and I just did not want that for this card :)

What is your go-to stamp set for sympathy cards? And do you keep a stash of them?

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Stamp Review Crew: Jar of Love Edition

http://stampreviewcrew.blogspot.com/2016/05/stamp-review-crew-jar-of-love-edition.html
Stamp Review Crew time again, and this time we are featuring Jar of Love! It is such a cute set!! I have been so excited to use it, and can't wait to see what everyone creates :) At work, everyone has to ask me what I have in my lunch everyday because they love how my food looks in the various sizes of Mason jars I use to store it. I have found that these jars are the perfect way to store and transport my food, as they never leak and I can reheat food in the microwave quite easily. And I can always find a lid that fits :) So this set was a natural for me!

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, then you have just arrived from Yapha Mason's blog, pretty creative ideas, right?!

My creation this time is a card filled with happiness. Jars full of mostly summer goodies :) I remember catching bugs and minnows in jars, and why not some flowers? The water in the fishy jars is clear embossed, and the fireflies have Clear Wink of Stella on them. Here are the full instructions:
  1. Prepare a Thick Whisper White card base that is 4¼"x5½". Cut a piece of Sahara Sand to 4"x5¼".
  2. Stamp the 3 different sized jars in Sahara Sand ink all over the Sahara Sand Panel. 
  3. Stamp the goldfish in Pumpkin Pie. Stamp the water image over the goldfish with Versamark, then heat emboss with Clear embossing powder.
  4. The fireflies are stamped in Soft Suede and then colored in with Daffodil Delight and covered with Clear Wink of Stella.
  5. Then flowers are stamped in Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach and Pumpkin Pie, and Sweet Sugarplum. Stamp a jar inside the card base and fill with flowers also. 
  6. The center jar gets stamped with the twine image in Soft Suede.
  7. On a 4" wide piece of Vellum, stamp the sentiment in Versamark and heat emboss with Copper embossing powder, then trim the sentiment strip to the right width. It is easier to work with a large piece of vellum and trim it to a narrow strip after you have stamped the sentiment.
  8. Stitch the sentiment strip to the stamped panel and all the way around the panel. 
  9. Adhere the panel to the card front with dimensionals, or my favorite trick, with coasters trimmed to fit and a tape runner.  All Done!!

See the little bit of dimension on the front? And a peek at the inside.

One more look at the inside. I did stamp off once before stamping the jar image, or it would have been more crisp, and much darker.

That's it for me, I did not have time to play more with this set yet. So many goodies from this catalog, so little time! Speaking of time, it is time to head over to Jessica William's blog. She is going to wow you, I just know it!!

http://thepapercaper.com.au/2016/08/15/src_jol

http://yaphamason.com/blog/2016/08/14/stamp-review-crew-jar-of-love-edition/

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