Thursday, July 7, 2016

If you live near the U.P. of Michigan...


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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Golden Peony and Farewell for a Bit





























One last design for sometime as we will be making a move once again. I'm excited and happy to say that I will be Stateside for at least a year...so happy to be able to spend time with family and especially those adorable grand kiddies!
So, this is the last card for awhile as I will be awaiting my supplies...they should arrive much quicker from state to state as compared with continent to continent!

I drew inspiration for this design from Kaisercraft's "Art of Life" decorator paper. Lovely, old fashioned, sepia toned prints...beautiful! 

I decided to go with Altenew's "Peony Bouquet" clear stamp set;  the outline is stamped along with some shading with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto one of the prints from the Art of Life dp. I then shaded the bloom and leaves a bit with my Copic Sketch markers. Versamark Watermark pad and Melt Art Ultra Thick Embossing Powder were used to heat emboss a shiny layer and add a dewy finish. The flowers were then mounted on the background panel with Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips. 

I stamped a thank you sentiment from Stamp Simply Clear "Many Thanks" stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink directly onto the printed background panel. 

A border of May Art's 5/8" Crochet Lace and 1/8" Velvet Ribbon (adhered with 1/4" ScorTape), along with Kaisercraft Rhinestone "bling" become the final touches.

Here's a pic of how glossy and dewy the blossoms are using only one layer of the heated glassy accent:




All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Looking forward to being back soon! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Pink and Kraft Altenew


Loving some pink and kraft colors together lately...mostly on the part of this lovely May Art's Burlap Pink Center Stitch Ribbon! It inspired me to go with this colorway for today's design. The ribbon is adhered to the design using 1/4 " ScorTape.

Another thing that I absolutely love and use-- embossing folders. Embossing folders are one stand out item that makes a quick and easy card...full of dimension, texture, and wow-factor for your non papercrafting friends. They are amazed and wonder how you were able to emboss-- right into the cardstock!  Today's folder used:
Spellbinder's M Bossabilities "Mystic." All Spellbinder embossing folders on markdown right now at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

The pretty flowers are stamped and die cut using Altenew's "Beautiful Day" clear stamps and dies. I used Tim Holtz Distress inks (Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, and Milled Lavender) along with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.

Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips were used to adhere the flowers and for a bit of dimension between panel layers. 

Also to note: the card is photographed on a Petaloo Large Kraft Paper Doily.  Another fun paper product to use and add to any project.


All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Altenew Peony Bouquet and Stamp Simply Blessings



I think that this is my current favorite Altenew stamp set: "Peony Bouquet." One of the reasons that I love it so much is that it has dies that really make the flowers look crisp and wonderful...no fussy cutting here!  

I stamped the flowers with Altenew's Ink Cube set in "Shades of Purple" before die cutting them with Altenew Peony Bouquet dies.  There are also lovely Tim Holtz Distress inks that work perfect as well, such as the greens that I used for the leaves here: Shabby Shutters and Forest Moss. One tip: I did stamp off the ink once before stamping each layer of blossom. This gave a more faded look--just what I was looking to achieve. 



The base of the card is embossed with Spellbinder's Celebration Framed Canvas embossing folder.



I really love how Stamp Simply Clear stamps go beautifully with the Altenew flowers...the font is perfect! This sentiment is from Stamp Simply Clear Blessings/Beatitudes 2, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and die cut with a JustRite Antique Tags One die.



The blossoms, embossed layer and sentiment were all popped up for more dimension using Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips.




A lavender Seam Binding bow, tied with an Original Bow Easy finishes this design.


All Altenew products are HERE. All Stamp Simply Clear Stamps are HERE.


All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks so very much for stopping by! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Metallic Monochromatic Laurel and Bee

I had fun playing with textures on today's design. I'm a bit disappointed with my photography skills as these photos do not really capture the subtle sheen and delicate coloration accurately. 

Let me tell you all about it...


First up: Using Tim Holtz' "Flourishes" stencil and Studio 490 White Embossing Paste, I covered the entire panel intended as the top of the card. After the paste dried, I used Dina Wakley Media Gesso to brush over the panel lightly. After drying once again, I dabbed on Deco Art Metallic Lustre wax finish in Champagne Ice and rubbed it into random areas of the panel using my finger.  Following that, I used Tim Holtz Distress inks in Antique Linen, Tea Dye, and Mustard Seed very lightly over additional areas. 

Next up: Using a Spellbinder's Die D-Lites "Laurel and Bee,"
I die cut the bee out of cream cardstock and also from vellum. I colored the bee with my copic markers...not exactly knowing at that point where I was heading with this design (you cannot really see the coloring at the finish of the design). I layered the vellum bee over the cardstock bee, gluing the body, but not the wings. I bent the wings up slightly, as though the bee is in flight.

The bee is framed by Spellbinder Classic Oval die cut into the embossed panel and is sitting upon some Dritz Cheesecloth, dyed by some of the Tim Holtz Distress inks.

I die cut the laurel out of kraft cardstock, then dry brushed it with the gesso, trying not to cover the entire garland, leaving a bit of kraft to show through.

The base of the design is kraft cardstock. I once again used Dina Wakley Media Gesso to cover the kraft using a dry brush. I cross hatched the gesso, brushing in different directions. After the gesso dried on both the card base and laurel, I used my finger to apply DecoArt Metallic Lustre Champagne Ice wax finish over it. 

Both the laurel and main panel were adhered to the card base using Thermoweb 3D Foam Strip pieces for dimension.

I watered down some of the gesso and brushed it over some of the design to neutralize some of the color; also spattered it on the entire design for additional distressing.



A Melissa Frances Tan and Brown Pearl adds the final accent. You can see a bit of the sheen on the laurel here...

And some of the sheen here: 




I realize that it seems like a lot of steps; most time was spent for drying, and even that went pretty quickly. Fun to get your fingers dirty once and awhile!


All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you enjoyed this design!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

For Mother

 My mother is in the hospital now and I am not able to be with her. I decided to make up a pretty little reminder of how much we love her and are keeping her in our prayers...


I began by die cutting a base for the design using Spellbinders "Cascading Grace" dies. I die cut the decorative panel layer out of cardstock and the back base layer out of vellum. I love the addition of vellum...it adds so much to the design.

My intent for this design was not to be a regular card, but more of a "plaque" with a stand on the back so that it can be placed anywhere in the hospital room or attached to a bulletin board.

Here's the stand on the back. I will add a special message beneath the stand.



I added a bit of texture to the front of the design using Studio 490 Embossing Paste and Prima's "Lattice" stencil. 

Next up: Altenew Vintage Flowers stamps and dies. I stamped the roses and leaves with the following Tim Holtz Distress inks: Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, and Bundled Sage.  The Altenew dies were just perfect for cutting the shapes...makes life so easy and the edges look so clean. I used Thermoweb 3D Foam Strips to pop up the flowers, leaves, and sentiment panel.

The sentiment is from Stamp Simply's Clear "Blessings/Beatitudes 1" set, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I used a JustRite Antique Tags One die to cut out the sentiment.

A small May Art's 1/8" Silk bow and Kaisercraft Rhinestones finish this design.

This should mail easily and hopefully bring a bit of 
sunshine to my mother's day.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.



Sunday, May 15, 2016

Happy Birthday Dear Husband!


It's the big 6-0 for my hubby! 
Thought that I would share the card that I made for him.

The decorator paper used is Simple Stories "So Rad." My husband has always been great at working with wood, so I did the letterpress technique using Spellbinders M-Bossabilities "Brick and Bark" embossing folder and Versafine Smokey Gray ink. 

The happy birthday sentiment if from JustRite "All Boy" clear stamps; the big 60 was cut using my Silhouette Cameo. 

Thermoweb 3D Foams Strips help add dimension and Simple Stories "Claus and Co. Enamel Dots" add bling. You can get the So Rad enamel dots that match the paper, but I didn't have those and found the gray in Claus and Co. matched.

All linked supplies are from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Check out the embossing folders...they're all on sale, along with a BIG stamp closeout!