Friday, March 29, 2013

Sunflower Sketch

I love a clean and simple card. When I saw this sketch on Create with Connie and Mary, I was definitely up for the challenge!

I used Stampin' Up!'s Sunflower background stamp for my focal point. First, I inked up the flower petals with Daffodil Delight, then I used a Pumpkin Pie Marker to ink up some of the petals, and Pumpkin Pie ink with a Sponge Dauber to darken the petals close to the flower center. The center is inked with Chocolate Chip ink.


I kept the white space, but added interest with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I love this sentiment from Pursuit of Happiness. What is more sun shiny than a sunflower?!



Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: Sunflower Background (123606 wood/ 123608 clear), and Pursuit of Happiness (121907 wood/ 121970 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"; 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"; 2" x 3 7/8"
    • Early Espresso card stock ( 119868) 4" x 5 1/4"
    • Pumpkin Pie card stock (105117) 1/2" x 3 7/8"
  • Ink:
    • Ink Pads: Early Espresso (126974), Daffodil Delight (126944), Pumpkin Pie (126945)
    • Markers: Pumpkin Pie (105115), Chocolate Chip (available in Neutrals Collection 119703),
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119959)
    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
    • Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335)
    • Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

 
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blooming with Kindness for Pink Paper Bakery

Time is flying by! I'm decorating again over at Pink Paper Bakery, today!

Blooming with Kindness; How could you not like a stamp set with a name like that?! Well this was another one of those sets that I didn't care for when I first saw it in the catalog. Fortunately, my upline, Kim, let me borrow it for a few days. I borrowed it to CASE (copy) a card, and then I designed my own, using a layout from Freshly Made Sketches. I now like this flower, it's a gentle flower, it's a kind flower! Alright, enough of my cheesy talk. Check out what I made with this flower and the card sketch.




I used the emboss resist technique on the flower. I stamped the image with Versamark ink onto Whisper White card stock, sprinkled on clear embossing powder, and then heat set it with my heat tool. I then sponged on Certainly Celery ink, starting from the flower center and working out.


My butterfly didn't photograph the way I would have liked, but I promise in person it's gorgeous! I used a piece of shrink plastic (I think a milk carton would work well too), and cut out a butterfly with my Beautiful Butterflies die. I used Crystal Effect over the entire butterfly and swirled in small bits of Tangerine Tango reinker with a straight pin. If you have more patience than me, you won't have to make three of them because you touched it before it dried. Take my advice and walk away for a little bit. I made a butterfly card using this technique before, I think I had a lot more self control that time!

Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: Blooming with Kindness (126420 wood/ 126422 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (card base) and 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"
    • Certainly Celery card stock  (105125)- 3/4" x 5 1/2"
    • Tangerine Tango card stock (111349) - 1" x 5 1/2"
    • Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper (125409) - 2" x 4 1/4"
    • Clear (translucent) Shrink Plastic
  • Ink:
    • Certainly Celery ink pad (126958)
    • Tangerine Tango reinker (111841)
    • Versamark pad (102283)
  • Tools & Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439)
    • Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die (114507)
    • Crystal Effects (101055)
    • 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (109070)
    • Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)
    • Clear Embossing Powder (109130)



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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Open Sea, Sketch Challenge

I took on a sketch challenge last night, from The Paper Players. I combined two stamp sets, The Open Sea, and Sent with Love. Sent with Love is part of a special collection that also contains paper, and baker's twine; bundles are available at a discount. This promotion is only available through April 30th.


I ended up with a nice masculine card, that would be perfect to send to a long distance family member, and could be used for many different occasions.

The background log image is stamped in Night of Navy. I stamped it off onto my grid paper first, and then onto the Vanilla card stock, so the image would be slightly lighter. I chose to repeat the compass image several times, instead of doing a regular scallop trim. I didn't want to add any feminine touches to this card. I simply punched out a portion of the compass with my 3/4" circle punch, and alternated the pattern by turning the compass 90 degrees.


To line up the airplane image on the background piece and the circle. I laid only the Vanilla 1" circle, already stamped with 'Sent with Love', on top of the Vanilla background piece. I stamped them at the same time, and then backed the circle with a Crumb Cake 1 1/4" circle.

 Lots of Dimensionals!

Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: The Open
  • Sea (123030 wood/ 123032 clear) and Sent with Love (131847 clear only, available only through April 30)
  • Paper:
    • Crumb Cake card stock (120953) 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • Garden Green card stock (102584) 1" x 5 1/2"
    • Very Vanilla card stock (101650) 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" and 3" x 4", plus scrap
  • Ink:
    • Garden Green (126973), Night of Navy (126970), and Crumb Cake (126975)
  • Tools:
    • 3/4" (119873), 1" (119868) and 1 1/4" (119861) circle punches.
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


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Sunday, March 24, 2013

How to Make Paper Flowers

Yesterday I posted my newly decorated Spring niche, and my trial and error homemade chalkboard. I really wanted to share the rest of my homemade Spring decorations with you, yesterday as well, but I thought it might be better overwhelm you incredibly long post (and fabulous ideas!).

The theme of my Springtime niche is Butterflies and Blooms. I love them both dearly, and I have to admit that I keep showing up in front of this decorated area of my home, standing there smiling ☺.


I found this picture frame a couple years ago and had to have it; for what I didn't know, but I'm so glad that I bought it! I trimmed it out with the Flower Trim from the Stampin' Up! Spring Mini catalog, and added a simple butterfly image; Swallowtail background stamp, in Sahara Sand ink, on Whisper White card stock. I covered the books with miscellaneous Designer Series Paper, and set them under the frame for height.


That brings me to the paper flowers! I have been meaning to make flowers ever since I saw a beautiful paper flower arrangement my downline, Salpi, made. Then I saw a blog post, by Stampin' Up!, which created a similar flower to my Calypso Coral flower, and I thought, now is the time!!

I put my flowers in a recycled spice jar from Target. Thank you Archer Farms!
 
I made a video tutorial to show you how to make paper flowers. You can add stems, or add them to packages, tags, cards, or even cupcakes! Have fun!
 
 
 
 
 
Stampin' Materials:
 
Flowers
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • Originals Blossom Party Die
  • Stampin' Pierce Mat
  • Stylus
  • Calypso Coral and Pink Pirouette card stock
  • Pearl Basic Jewels
  • Floral Wire
  • Glue Gun, High Temperature
Frame
  • Vanilla Flower Trim (126869)
 

 
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Homemade Chalkboard

Spring is now here, and because I have a seasonal niche to decorate, I needed to get my St. Patrick's Day decor down. Besides, all the chocolate from my pot of gold was gone!


I devised a plan, for my Spring decorations, that incorporated paper flowers, butterflies, and a homemade chalkboard! After all, chalkboards seem to be a rage right now. Now, I have to admit that I like instant results, and sometimes I have to do a lot of tweaking because I don't follow directions. The lack of direction following does not often work in my favor. I'll tell you how I made my chalkboard, and then I'll tell you how you should make yours.

My shortcuts for this chalkboard included foam board (I didn't feel like asking my husband to cut a  wood board and thought I could easily cut this with a razor knife), Martha Stewart chalkboard paint, and foam rollers (I'm cheap!). I purchased everything from the craft store. If this was more than temporary seasonal decor, I would purchase the supplies from the hardware store instead of the craft store.

First of all, the foam board warps terribly with chalkboard paint. Second, I can't tell you for certain if Martha's product is awesome, because I didn't wait the suggested 24 hour curing time. My 24 hours meant the next morning. Martha's chalkboard paint did leave glossy finish, which I don't care for, and I used foam rollers so I did not get a really smooth surface. The directions say to prime the surface with chalk, and that resulted in a lot of surface scratches. So, get yourself piece of smooth, real wood, and the proper roller for a smooth finish. Follow the directions on the can, and wait the 24hours, even if you have to hide your project from yourself.


I popped my chalkboard painted foam board into my 12" x 16" frame, and straightened out the warping by nailing a paint stick across the back side. At least I'm inventive enough to fix my mistakes! I didn't even consult my husband! Probably because he would just laugh and shake his head.

Let the decorating begin! I wrote on my new homemade chalkboard with colored chalk. Then I used white chalk and colored directly onto some rubber stamps and stamped them on the board. The cool thing is, if you don't get a good image, you can erase it! I found that solid images worked best.


I added some Designer Series Paper, a paper flower, and some butterflies using glue dots. I love to make paper flowers! Be sure to check back so I can share more Spring decorating ideas with you, and show you how to make paper flowers.
 
 
 
Stampin' Supplies:
  • Stamps: Everything Eleanor, and Bloomin' Marvelous (retired Sale-a-Bration set)
  • Paper:
    • Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (from the Spring Mini Catalog)
    • So Saffron card stock
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
    • Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die
    • Bitty Butterfly punch (Spring Mini Catalog)
 
 


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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Color Challenge Card

It's my day to post over at Pink Paper Bakery. Sometimes a card challenge helps to spark my creativity. Today was one of those days, so I went on a card challenge hunt! I found a great color challenge over at Fab Friday. I absolutely love these colors together! The best part is it's a new color combination for me.

While I was hopping around several of the challenge blogs, I also stumbled onto SUO Challenges, which has an Easter Parade theme. The color challenge from Fab Friday was perfect for SUO's theme, so I combined the two together!

 
Making paper flowers takes a little time, but it's well worth it! For the large flower, start with a 1 3/4" Scallop Circle, punched in Pink Pirouette. Sponge the edges in Pink Pirouette ink. Then clip every other scallop to create petals. Use a stylus to curl the petals. Adhere two scallops together to get this look. I made a Valentine banner with these paper flowers, back in January. I made a YouTube video tutorial on how to make paper flowers, for this banner. It was my first video, and it's a little long, but it's a great visual.
 
The pearls and a Vintage Faceted Designer Button to the center of my flowers. I gave them a little color first, with a Sharpie Marker. Immediately after coloring them, I wiped off the gems with a tissue, to lighten the color. Sharpies are permanent, so you have to work a little fast (mostly on the pearls).
 
Ingredients:
  • Stamps: Delightful Dozen (122650 wood/ 122652 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Sahara Sand card stock (121043) 5 1/2" X 8 1/2"
    • Whisper White card stock (101730) 1 3/4" x 3 3/4"
    • Calyspo Coral card stock (122925) 2pcs 3/4" x 3 3/4"
    • Lucky Limeade card stock (122926)
    • Pink Pirouette card stock (111351)
  • Ink: Sahara Sand (126976) and Pirouette Pink (126956)
  • Tools & Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439)
    • Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335)
    • Stylus - for curling the flower petals (122334)
    • 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch (119854)
    • Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402)
    • Boho Blossoms Punch (119858)
    • Basic Pearl Jewels (119247)
    • Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (127555)
    • 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (109070)
    • Linen Thread (104199)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pleasant Poppies Watercolor

You can't go wrong with a watercolor look; it's expected to have a variation in shades. I think that's one of the reasons why I like it so much.

For this card I stamped the Pleasant Poppies background stamp onto a piece of  2 1/4" x 3 3/4" Whisper White card stock with Versamark ink. I re-stamped, onto a separate piece of Whisper White, the flowers that went beyond the edge of my 2 1/4" x 3 3/4" layer. Then I cut them out and adhered them, on top of the partial flowers, so it appears they are off the edge of the card stock.

I used an Aqua Painter along with my ink pads, to color in the images. When using an Aqua Painter with Whisper White card stock, you want to be sure your Aqua Painter is not saturated with water, and that you work extremely fast. Whisper White card stock will not stand up to a lot of water. For that reason, it's sometimes better to work with watercolor paper. Note: Don't pick up ink directly off your ink pad. Squeeze the lid of your ink pad against the pad, to create an ink spot in the lid. Pull color from this spot.


 
The background script piece of paper is a piece of Whisper White card stock, stamped with En Francais background stamp. The Tangerine Tango layer is a piece of Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper.
 
Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: Pleasant Poppies (126480 wood/ 129499 clear), and En Francais (109521 wood only)
  • Paper:
    • Whisper White card stock (100730)
      • 4 1/4" x 11" (scored at 5 1/2")
      • 2 1/4" x 3 3/4"
      • 2 3/4" x 5 1/2"
    • Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper (125409) 1 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Ink: Jet Black StazOn (101406), Tangerine Tango (126946), and Lucky Limeade (126984)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Aqua Painter (103954)
    • Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon- 3/8" (109070)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


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Monday, March 18, 2013

Sale-A-Bration Vine Street


Sale-a-Bration is coming to a close! March 22 will be the last day to get FREE exclusive stamps, paper, and embellishments. I'm a bit of a late bloomer with the Sale-a-Bration Vine Street embossing folder. I have totally been missing out on a fun background!

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I embellished this card with three Boho Blossom punch flowers, in Calypso Coral card stock. I clipped the petals to give the flowers more definition, and then added a pearl center. I also added Calypso Coral ribbon that I also got as a free Sale-a-Bration item, Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack.

 
The card front was popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals to help give it a framed look. This was a very quick, clean and simple card!
 
 
Stampin' Materials:
  • Stamps: Sweet Essentials (126455 wood/ 126457 clear)
  • Paper: Whisper White card stock (100730)
    • 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
    • 3 3/4" x 5"
    • 1" x 5"
  • Ink: Calypso Coral (126983)
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
    • Vine Street Embossing Folder (130492)
    • Sycamore Street Ribbon (Calypso Coral)
    • Boho Blossom Punch (119858)
    • Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (101430)

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Upcoming Classes

There are three fun classes available for the last part of March (this year is going by too fast!)! If you are local, I'd love for you to join us! Visit my event calendar for class details. RSVPs can be made through my calendar, or you can contact me directly.

Coffee & Cards - March 20

From the Sea - March 24

What's Old is New - March 27

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Summer Silhouettes for Pink Paper Bakery


Thursday = Pink Paper Bakery share day for me! Today, I baked up a Summer Silhouettes in Marina Mist treat.

What I like most about a silhouette is it looks good in any color! The leaves don't have to be green, and the flowers don't have to be pink (or orange, or red; you get the picture). I think Summer Silhouettes looks pretty cute in Marina Mist.


The "lattice" image is also from the beautiful Summer Silhouettes set. I stamped it twice, using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to perfectly align the images. I used a Post-it note to mask the lattice while I stamped the flower and leaves. The Marina Mist strip, covers up the imperfections ☺.


The butterflies from Papillon Potpourri are stamped onto Vellum card stock with Jet Black StazOn ink, and then punched out with the Bitty Butterfly punch (from the Spring Mini Catalog). I bent the wings up slightly and then adhered them with Glue Dots. Both the top Whisper White Layer and the Marina Mist strip are popped up with Dimensionals. I added pearls for a touch of elegance.


Ingredients:
  • Stamps:
    • Summer Silhouettes (126445 wood/ 126447 clear)
    • Papillon Potpourri (123757 wood/ 123759 clear)
    • Sweet Essentials (126455 wood/ 126457 clear)
  • Paper:
    • Whisper White card stock (100730) - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and 3 1/2" x 4 3/4"
    • Marina Mist card stock (119682) - 1/2" x 4 1/4"
    • Vellum card stock (101856)
  • Ink:
    • Marina Mist (126982)
    • StazOn - Jet Black (101406)
    • Light Blue Sharpie
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)
    • Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
    • Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
    • Glue Dots (103683)
Summer Silhouettes


Papillon Potpourri


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