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Faux Wood Frame

Now that I’ve finally had a chance to play with some new stuff, I want to tell you about the faux wood frame I made for a card using the Floral Statements stamp set.

One of the newest trends in embossing is texture, and to that end we now carry a few Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. Today I’ll be sharing with you the Pinewood Planks embossing folder and what I did to make this faux wood frame:

faux wood frame

Looks pretty cool, right? Here’s what you do:

  1. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla Thick cardstock 4¼” x 5½”  (I like the heavier card stock for the Dynamic embossing folders, because they create a deep impression)
  2. Using the Soft Suede Classic Ink pad, open up the embossing folder and tap the ink over the side that has the raised markings
  3. Place the cut cardstock piece inside the embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot
  4. Remove the cardstock and clean up the mess you made on that embossing folder 😉
  5. Now take a piece of sponge or a sponge dauber, and gently apply the ink colors that follow, in the order they are listed:
    • Basic Black
    • Chocolate Chip
    • Soft Suede
    • So Saffron

You want to be sure that you’re just lightly running the sponge over the paper – the side that we’re using has indentations, so it’s debossed, and there are no “ridges” to catch the ink. And you don’t need to fully cover the paper with each color; a little goes a long way in this case.

And there you have it? What do you think? Doesn’t really look at all like there that piece of card stock wasn’t brown to begin with!  I really the way it turned out, so I decided to use an oval die to make a faux wood frame to use with the Floral Sentiments stamp.

Now come on, get out there and do something creative today!

 

Guy Greetings

Happy Father’s Day

So I was perusing my stamp collection and realized that I really don’t have that many Father’s Day sentiments. Of course, I didn’t do an exhaustive search, but off the top of my head I could only think of Guy Greetings. I’m sure there are others, but this particular set is very much guy-oriented.

I have used this set before in another post, but not in the same way and without using the same images. I decided to go for a clean and simple look. As I know I’ve mentioned before, Hubs likes his cards that way.

 

Guy Greetings

The sentiment inside reads “no one else could fill your shoes.”

I’ve really been enjoying using the thick Very Vanilla card stock, I must admit. It just gives a nice heft to a card. I know it’s hard to tell, but I used a black puffy gel pen to highlight the shoelaces.

Don’t laugh, my original idea was to use a needle and thread and put in more realistic looking laces, but after a couple of attempts I got real and decided I was carrying things a bit too far!

No to mention that fact that these old eyes had a wee bit of trouble finding all the teeny tiny holes to put the needle through. So yeah, I gave up on that idea!

Now before I go I want to share with you the best advice my father ever gave to me:

Don’t tell Mom!

Now get out there and do something creative today, even if it’s Father’s Day!

 

This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to market
this little piggy stayed home
this little piggy had roast beef
this little piggy had none
and this little piggy cried
wee, wee, wee all the way home

And this little piggy is so dang cute!

This little piggy

There are several really sweet piggy images in this stamp set, and when I asked my daughter to pick out her favorite she chose the one in the photo above.

I have to admit that this card seems a little plain to me, but I couldn’t decide how, if at all,  to jazz it up any further than it is. Here’s the method I used for this card –

  • Both the little piggy and the wings were fussy cut
  • I colored in the pig with a combination of Power Pink and Pink Pirouette markers and by layering the colors
  • The clouds and wings are cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper
  • The clouds are part of the Up and Away Thinlits
  • The rolling hills are from a Lawn Fawn border set
  • The sentiment was cut with the Classic Label Punch
  • I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the pig

The sentiment on the inside reads “…and so she did.” Super cute!

So the moral of this story is, pigs really can fly. If they are so inclined…

Now get out there and do something creative today!

 

Here are the supplies I used for this project:

Marker Stamping

If today’s card were a song it would be “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse. There is nothing more simple or that makes a bigger impact than the use of black on white. In my opinion, at any rate.

But believe it or not, what I want you to notice today is the difference in the ink saturation between Stampin’ Write Markers and Stampin’ Classic Ink pads. I have used both techniques on the card below. Can you tell which is which?

Marker Stamping

Marker Stamping

When you stamp your image with a marker you are coloring directly onto the rubber or photopolymer stamp. Your stamp never touches an ink pad. There are a couple of bonuses that I can think of, right off the top of my head:

  • Marker stamping produces a lighter image, giving the image an almost watercolor look to it
  • You can use multiple markers of different color on one stamp to give a truly unique look without worrying about the ink bleeding or smudging your image

Now let’s take a closer look at the card and I will point out the difference:

Marker Stamping

You can see the ink pad gives a cleaner, crisper, more saturated image. But while marker stamping is none of those things, I like the way the texture gives the flowers an almost folk-art feeling.

This card is a CASE of a design in the new catalog, with one major distinction. When I was adhering the sequins to the card I decided after I put the first one down that I wanted to use the heart-shaped ones. Well, removing the one I had already glued down made a real mess so I stamped the larger flower, fussy cut it and the leaves, and adhered them to the top left corner to hide my gruesome mistake.

Now be honest, could you tell, or were you just admiring the extra flower on the card? Hmmm. I’ll let you plead the fifth. But only if you promise to do one thing:

Get out there and do something creative today!!

Here are today’s supplies – that scrumptious new Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon is to die for!

 

Sending Love

Yesterday was B is for Book and today is B is for Black. I’m sending love as I’ve been experimenting with the new Lots of Love stamp set, and am smitten with the big. bold, Brush font that is used for the “sending lots of love sentiment.”  You’re also getting a look at one of the papers in the new Just Add Color Designer Series Paper pack, but here I have chosen to use it as a simple black and white background without coloring it in.

Sending Love

The patterns on this paper tend to be very large, so I thought that using it as a card front would require a landscape orientation, as opposed to the standard portrait orientation.

I was trying to decide how to use the Brush font sentiment without totally obscuring the beautiful background paper, so I went digging in my filing cabinet and found some adhesive-backed acetate.

Here’s what you need to know about acetate:

  •  it takes a long time to dry when you stamp on it.
  • You cannot use a heat tool because that will warp the plastic. Trust me on this. It’s painful to watch.
  • You cannot increase the ink coverage by stamping repeatedly, even with a MISTI. The ink just leaves pools of color.

So what can you do? Well, in this case, since I was using black ink, I let the acetate dry completely and then any areas where the color wasn’t as deep as in others I simple colored those places in with a black Sharpie. Boom! Done! I let the Sharpie ink dry completely and then carefully removed the backing on the acetate and adhere it to the front of my card base.

Sending love to you all!

Now get out there and do something creative today. I’m counting on you!!

Here are my supplies; clicking on the links will take you to my online store.

**  A note about the Window Sheets below: they are NOT adhesive, but they are the same quality as the acetate I used. Staz-On ink, which we no longer carry (sad face), is probably the best type of ink to use. It dries a lot quicker and doesn’t smear at all. Just sayin’.

 

B is for Book

B is for Book

Welcome to the June 2017 Pals’ Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month’s theme, Pick a “B”, features projects inspired by Babies, Birthdays, Brides, and Books, just to name few. You might just get a glimpse of new catalog products while you hop with us today.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or you have come from my dear friend Jeanie Stark, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

B is for Book

So I’ve told you that my favorite new product suite is the Birthday Delivery set, right? While I sat brainstorming (aah, another B), I kept thinking about how the art work in that suite would be perfect for a children’s book. Oh, right, Book begins with B! Problem solved! (And while we’re on the topic, I think the little critters in this suite could be right out of something by Richard Scarry).

Well, I am a librarian, after all, so Book it is.  A Squash Book, that is. Yup, one of those all folded up types that seems impossible to get back together once you’ve opened it, am I right?

I have made many of these before, but this time I decided to use 12 x 12 paper, so the book comes out as 6 x 6.  Here’s the cover:

B is for Book

I die cut the images from the Designer Series Paper and then die cut a piece of matching fun foam to adhere them to for added stability. Remember, each square is 6 x 6, so here’s the short person trying to get a full picture of the whole thing opened up:

B is for Book

I managed to get a couple of pop-ups in there, as well:

B is for Book

B is for Book

I used the sentiments from the Birthday Delivery set and just one sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous (Party Time).

B is for Book

And yes, those little balloons have strings. And yes, I’m losing my mind! Haha!

B is for Book

There you have it. Now it’s time to close the book on this post.

Now get out there and do something creative today!

Thanks again for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on July 12th. We’re having a pattern party! Now hop along to the next in line, Pamela Sandler or by using the Blog Hop Line-up below. See you on July 12th for the next Pals’ Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  3. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  4. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  5. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  7. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  10. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  11. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  12. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  13. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  14. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  19. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore     Ü  here we are!  
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  21. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  22. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  23. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme
  24. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  25. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  26. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  27. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art

Winter Is Coming

Okay, I don’t know where you live, but I’m on the East Coast and today it was hotter than … well, you know what. So I thought we should pause, reflect, and remember, Winter is coming. So here is  your summer-heat-I-can’t-believe-I-miss-the-cold moment:

winter is coming

Ahhh, I feel cooler already. How refreshing! 😉

Now when I think winter I usually think Christmas, and it dawned on me that I never showed you the little tags and boxes I made for my book club gals. They’re just the nicest bunch of ladies and we have delicious fun when we meet once a month. Yes, I mean delicious, cause we eat and drink, my friends, and in betwixt and between we talk about the book we read for the month.

I figured they could all use extra gift tags for the holidays, so here’s what they received:

winter is coming

I love making tags, and I love using tags. One year I made enough tags so that everyone in my family had individualized tags for ALL of their presents so they could easily grab their packages from under the tree knowing whose present was whose.

Yeah, right. And then I grew up.

I digress. All these fun little tags fit into a cute little 3″ x 3″ box that Stampin’ Up! had in the Holiday catalog last year, complete with a clear plastic sleeve. So I decorated the boxes a little, didn’t want to get too crazy, and here is an example:

winter is coming

I hope those boxes come back this year. They were really fun and they were also food safe, so you could fill them with edible goodies.

Okay, I know you were waiting for them so here are your Game of Thrones memes

Winter is coming

 

winter is coming

And one of my favorites:

winter is coming

Now go forth and do something creative today!!

Tuscan Vineyard

No, sorry, I didn’t take a trip to Italy to visit a Tuscan vineyard. And I’m not under a Tuscan sun, either. I am, however, fortunate to have a neighbor who keeps us supplied in red wine. And I’m not just talking about a teeny little bottle. No, I’m talking about a ginormous bottle:

Tuscan vineyard

Now THAT’S what I call a good neighbor, hahaha! She’s very sweet and we’ve been neighbors for probably about thirty years or so. Now mind you, my husband and I are the only two drinkers here, and that there bottle will probably last us till Christmas! Anyway, I want to share with you a card I made using the

Tuscan Vineyard

stamp set, which is a set that has been held over from last year’s catalog and can be found in the new catalog on page 145. Here’s my project:

Tuscan Vineyard

This was a CASE of a card idea from last year. I stamped the large circle image first and then cut it down, because the stamp image is oval-shaped, and I just thought it took up too much of the card front. Here are the directions:

  • Start with a standard A2 card base in Soft Suede (4¼” x 5½”)
  • Cut a Very Vanilla card front, 4″ x 5¼”
  • Using the So Saffron Classic ink randomly stamp all over the piece of Very Vanilla
  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock 2″ x 4½” and stamp the flourish in Crumb Cake ink at the top of the piece
  • Then use the Just a Note sentiment from Flourishing Phrases and stamp it in Early Espresso on the bottom
  • Stamp the vineyard scene in Elegant Eggplant onto a scrap of Very Vanilla
  • Again using the Elegant Eggplant, but stamping off once, stamp the small toscana vigneto stamp on a scrap of Very Vanilla
  • Use the layering circles to cut out the vineyard scene and then use a larger circle cut out of Soft Suede to mount behind it
  • The small stamp fits the 1″ circle punch perfectly; adhere it to the card base with a Stampin’ Dimensional, layering it over the larger stamped circle
  • The only embellishment you need is a Pearl Basic Jewel to stick onto the middle of the flourish

Now I’m off to crack open that gallon of Paisano, so while I’m otherwise occupied, go do something creative today! Hic!

 

Oh, Whale

Whale, would you look at that! Here I am just back from the National Aquarium in Baltimore and today’s project features… a whale. Of course, there isn’t a whale at the Aquarium, but I’m just channeling sea creatures right now.

Oh, Whale

is unfortunately retired, but I was still able to spruce these cards up with a couple of new products. Check them out:

Oh, Whale

Aren’t they just the cutest? They’re 3 x 3 inch cards, ready to be tucked into a little gift for two babies coming in June. One of my oldest daughter’s high school friends is having her first child, a baby boy. My niece is expecting her second child, a little girl. She already has a super cute little boy named Henry. (If you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page where there are related posts you’ll see his little face)!

So how did I make something old new again? Here’s how:

  • I used Wink of Stella on the blue whale card by coloring in his water droplets and the little star.
  • On the pink card, I used Powder Pink cardstock and ink, Sweet Sugarplum ink, and a background stamp from the Touches of Texture stamp set.
  • I lined the Powder Pink card with a piece of the new Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper.

Okay, you got me, the Tempting Turquoise whale doesn’t have much new,  but he’s still adorable!

Oh, Whale

Another retired product used was the 3 x 3 envelope liner framelit. I really wish Stampin’ Up! hadn’t discontinued the liner framelits – they really make any envelope fancy-looking!

Oh, Whale

Powder Pink is growing on me – my favorite pink is still Pink Pirouette, but I like the fact that the Powder Pink seems to play nicely with so many of our other colors.

Now that the gift cards are done, whale, there’s one thing left to do: go shopping for some baby stuff (one of my favorite things to do in the whole world)!

Okay, I’ve done my part. Now you go out there and do something creative today!

 

Balloon Adventures

I’m going to miss the Balloon Adventures bundle from the Occasions catalog. Sometimes you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. Yup, sounds like a country song. But it’s true.

Balloon Adventures ~ a complete product suite!

balloon adventures

It had everything, in Stampin’ Up! fashion: Designer Series Paper, Emerald Envy ribbon, little balloon trinkets, and a great pop-up insert for cards:

balloon adventures

The bright, cheery color palette is perfect for birthdays for young and old, male and female. I’m definitely going to hold on to this stamp set and framelit, because now that I have rediscovered it I will put it back in my must-use pile.

All this is to say, don’t be afraid to hang on to your old stamp sets and dies. Inspiration is a fickle thing, and sometimes you have to look at the past to see into the future.

Not to mention the fact that Stampin’ Up! products never go out of style – or demand. Now, if you have no space, or need to liquidate for other reasons, no worries. Just know that you aren’t the only one out there who is a craft hoarder. We are many and we are determined!

Now go forth, raid your stash, and do something creative today!