Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Icy Star, Silent Night with New Stamp Simply Clear Stamps

When I saw the beautiful star in The Stamp Simply's Clear "Merry Christmas" stamp set, I knew that I had to use it for a 
snowy, icy scene.

I began the scene by dry brushing two shades of blue Tim Holtz Distress Inks on a white cardstock panel. I cross hatched the color, adding a linen texture and look to the panel.

I then used Dreamweaver Embossing Paste and Tim Holtz' "Flourish" Stencil to add "blowing snow." A bank of "snow" along the bottom of the image panel.  Stampendous Translucent Crystal Ultra Fine Glitter was sprinkled on the embossing paste while it was still wet.

The star was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto the white cardstock, colored with Copic markers, then covered with more of the Stampendous Glitter using a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen. It is popped up with Thermoweb 3D Foam Strip pieces.

The image panel was layered onto a Tim Holtz 12" x 12" Color Core cardstock base.

We can't forget the beautiful Bible verse stamped in the inner portion of the card...also from The Stamp Simply Clear "Merry Christmas" set. The verse is stamped with my favorite ink for sentiments: Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New Christmas Release--Stamp Simply Clear Stamps!

Beautiful new Christmas stamps at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store! Sharon has just released three sets of lovely Christmas/Holiday stamp sets...lovely fonts, images and verse/sentiments. 

Let me tell you about my "rustic poinsettia" design for today.

The front of the card is layered with My Mind's Eye "Comfort and Joy" designer paper. A poinsettia was fashioned with the same designer paper pad and Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia dies, accented with a wooden button from my stash and a border of May Art's 5/8" Center Stitch Burlap Ribbon. 

The ribbon was taped down with ScorIt Tape. Easy, quick, with quite a bit of dimension.

You can see the glimmer of the paper in this flash photo.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Be sure to check out all of the team's designs around the new stamp release this week! You can find them at The Stamp Simply Blog. Lovely inspiration for the upcoming season!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Love Texture!

I had a wonderful time last weekend leading a group of women at a Stamp Simply Ribbon Mini Make-and-Take class.

The class focused on adding texture with stencils and embossing paste, as well as creating coffee filter flowers.

It was great fun! Let me tell you all about the above design that we recreated in class:

I began with white cardstock; one panel for the background cut at 4.25 x 5.5 inches and one cut at 3.25 x 4.5 inches.

The smaller panel was then embossed with Tim Holtz' "Flourish" stencil and Dreamweaver embossing paste. After it dried completely it was coated with Dina Wakley Gesso. I also coated the larger background panel with the gesso to prepare for the next step.

After the panels dried, I added Tim Holtz Distress InksAfter drying once again, we rubbed a bit of iced espresso DecoArt Metallic Lustre wax onto both panels. You really need a light hand here as a little goes a long way.  Additional gesso was brushed over portions of the panels to make a white washed look.

The smaller panel was then attached in the center of the background panel with Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips for dimension.

The flowers were then created with coffee filters, Tim Holtz Distress ink, Pearl Stamens (coated with some of the metallic wax) and Spellbinders Cinch and Go Flower dies, and TomBow Mono Multi glue.

The Seam Binding Ribbon was colored with the DecoArt Metallic wax, as was the Dritz Cheesecloth. An Original Bow Easy was used to assist with the bow.

The inside was stamped with this special Stamp Simply Clear "Harvest" sentiment, stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia Ink and die cut with a Spellbinders Labels Twenty Eight die:

All linked product is from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

And...if you live in the local area, please consider checking out The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Mini Make-and-Takes! They are fun!

I hope that you enjoy today's design. I had a great time sharing it with the women and class and with you! 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Altenew Week and Gelatos

I had fun playing with Altenew's new stamp set found at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store: "Bamboo Rose."

I began by stamping the blooms from the set with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto Ranger Watercolor Paper. Then, I colored the blooms with Gelatos Colors Gift Set and a paintbrush. So fun! After the image dried, I added Stampendous Ultra Fine Translucent Glitter using a glue pen (can use Sakura Quikie Glue Pen).

The glimmer on this easily mail-able design is fabulous "in real life."

Be certain to check out the rest of the design team's Altenew designs all this week on The Stamp Simply Blog.

Thanks so very much for stopping by! 

Have a great remainder to your week!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Stamp Simply Clear Stamps!

Brand new stamps are available from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store! Two new sets have been released:

Beautiful Autumn sets, scripture verses and sentiments!

Let me tell you about my design shown above:

I stamped the acorn and oak leaf image from the Stamp Simply Clear "Give Thanks" stamp set onto vanilla cardstock using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. It was colored with Copic Sketch markers and then die cut using Spellbinder's Labels Twenty Eight dies.

The framed sentiment was layered over a lattice background of Luxury Pearlescent 105 Copper Metallic cardstock, cut with Spellbinder's Basic Lattice die. Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips were used for dimension. 

Here is the inside of the card, using a verse from the same "Give Thanks" set, stamped with Delicata Metallic Celestial Copper Ink.

All linked product is from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.


We’ll be back each day this week with more autumn inspiration & the announcement of a SURPRISE GIVE-AWAY.
To qualify for the GIVE-AWAY all you need to do is make a purchase this week including either or both of ourNEW autumn sets. The prize winner will be drawn from all qualifying purchasers and posted on Sunday, 8/28. A photo of the GIVE-AWAY will be posted in the next day or two, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Altenew Peony Bouquet Stamps and Dies

Okay, so you probably get that I am pretty much loving Altenew stamps and dies...they are so much fun to play with!

I began by "two step stamping" using the layered stamps to begin creating the flowers; I also used Inkssentials Cut-n-Dry Pen Nibs to add extra color. These nibs are perfect to dip right into the ink pad...they have a very sharp point, making it very easy to get into tight spaces! The inks used here are: Memento Rich Cocoa to stamp the outline; Tim Holtz Distress inks in Abandoned Coral, Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage, and Shabby Shutters.

After stamps the blooms, I die cut them with the Altenew Peony Bouquet dies.

The background was somewhat of an experiment with a happy ending. I first stenciled it with Tim Holtz "Flourish" stencil and Studio 490 Embossing Paste. After it dried I decided to see how using a Gelato color would work out--I used a shade from Gelato's Color Gift Set.  I watered it down and painted it on with a paintbrush, covering most of the panel.

After the gelato dried, I realized that I still wanted more of a washed out background color. I layered on a bit of Dina Wakely White gave the result that I was looking for. 

Also, another happy surprise (result): I have yet to find my embossing paste tools while unpacking so used a serrated grapefruit knife from my kitchen drawer-- LOVE the little lines that are added in the embossed design!

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Next week I will be back with something totally new! 
Hope that you can join me!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sending Blessings and Daisies

Sending blessings and daisies to you today! 

I pulled out my copic markers to play with Altenew's "Spring Daisy" stamp set and die set for today's design.

I began by stamping the largest daisy on a cardstock panel using Memento's Rich Cocoa ink. Color details were added with Sketch Copic markers. In an attempt to add extra interest, I stamped the daisy off the edge of the main cardstock image panel a bit; then stamped again on the bottom layer to pick right back up where the petal belongs.

I did two step stamp the center of the blooms and the leaf (Tim Holtz Distress inks Vintage Photo and Bundled Sage), off stamping as not to get too deep a shade of color. 

The smaller daisy and leaf were die cut using the Altenew dies to match the Spring Daisy set. 

A Stamp Simply Clear Blessings/Beatitudes 1 sentiment was stamped on the image panel, then layered over Kaisercraft's "Charlotte's Dream" designer paper using Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips for dimension.

A border of May Art's 1.5" Crochet Lace finishes this design.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

My camera just would not work today, so thanks to my dear DIL, Jenn, for allowing me to use her cell phone. Hope my camera is not on it's last days...
Thanks for stopping by!