Friday, August 31, 2018

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #9: Friends Make the Season Shine

Whew! The end of summer, the beginning of the school year is exhausting and the kids haven't even started yet! I hope I find balance like I did this week, when I found time for this card:



Not my usual thing- bling, but I like  I embossed in gold, copper, and silver embossing powder directly on my Basic Black base. The stamps are from a stamp set that you can buy after September 5th from the 2018 Holiday Catalog and it's called Making Spirits Bright. You are going to love it! 

The sketch is from the My Inky Friends Design Challenge #9. Pretty cool, huh? 


I love the layers of this card.


Follow this sketch to make your own card and post it to the My Inky Friends Linky!

Happy Stamping!

Sara

Friday, August 17, 2018

Delightful Detailed Framed Card

Sometimes, amazing card designs come from practicality. For my Stampin' Celebrations group, I prepare for 48 cards. I knew I wanted to use the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper as it so beautiful. But, how? A card sized overlay is 4 x 5 1/4. There certainly wasn't enough of the pretty, lacy paper for 48 of those. I decided to try a window- using a 3x3 square. I envisioned the paper in each of the 3x3 squares I could create...and I found that every square would make a beautiful overlay!

Here's what I created when I added color:




and the inside:


I decided to go with Coastal Cabana...I just love this color! 

I used the Squares Collection framelits--the largest scalloped one and then the square that fit inside with a border (second largest) for my card. I cut the Thick Whisper White first. I ran both framelits through my Big Shot to make the frame. I then added the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper to my backing piece of 4 x 5 1/4 Coastal Cabana. I stamped Best Wishes on the framelit from ... and added a layer of design with the lattice piece. I then added some pearls. 

For the gluing, I have a video tip for you:




What do you think? I can picture this card in all of our Stampin' Up! Colors--so very beautiful. 



Happy Stamping!

Sara 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Touch of Textures With Watercolor Pencils

Wood is such a trend right now that I decided to design a card that looks like the kinds of projects you can make a painting class. Here's what I created:



I used my watercolor pencils and Stazon ink for the images. I love that the watercolor pencils clearly show up on the wood. I use the "dip the tip in water and pencil color" technique. It works perfectly. I mixed my colors a bit--Calypso Coral and Whisper White. My stampers at this month's Stampin' Celebrations colored them in bright, fun colors and it looked fabulous, too. Just for this month, Stampin' Up! released a Watercolor 2 pack with the Color Your Seasons bundle. 

 The new colors are: Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy --for only $12.50! Stampin' Up! has not guaranteed availability after August 31, so snag yours today!




Happy Stamping !

Sara




Friday, August 10, 2018

My Inky Friends: Suite Designs Blog Hop: Share What You Love

Welcome to the Suite Designs Blog Hop! Each of the My Inky Friends Design team has chosen one suite from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog to showcase. At each stop, you'll see some amazing stamped images, papers, and accessories. Be sure to have a wish list handy!

A hop is a big loop of linked blog posts. You may have been hopping from Tanya's Tranquil Treasures projects, or you can start here and then hop to the next blog, which is Yapha's use of the Animal Expeditions Suite. Very cute critters!



This stop is all about the Share What You Love Suite. I've had my main project in mind for a while and am glad to finally be able to create it and share it. Thus, Sharing What I Love.




I wanted to decorate this painter's tray with the Share What You Love Suite so I could hang it up in my new stamp room. These flowers, the rich colors, especially the Rich Razzleberry are my kind of flowers. 

Here are close ups of each panel. 


For this panel, I used Stampin' Blends to color images stamped in Stazon. Since this was watercolor paper, the color are rich and saturated. I added a lot of Artisan pearls for accents as well as a small piece of Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon. The silver rose element is from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit. The white, laser cut panel is from the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper, which isn't officially a part of this suite, but I love how well it coordinates. 


For this panel, I used the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit's small label and a stamp from the Love What You Do Stamp Set. The flowers are fussy cut from the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper. and embellished. 


This panel was started when I was playing around with no line watercoloring. I added the Stazon Black outline after I had colored with Rich Razzleberry, which created the off set look just like the paper. I added some thread from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit and some Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon. 


I used a frame from the Delightfully Detailed Designer Series Paper over the Share What You love Designer Series Paper. I fussy cut some flowers and added some Artisan Pearls. This would make a fabulous card front. 



For this panel, I used the Make a Difference Stamp Set to stamp Lily's Ink Pad. I tried with my Stamparatus first, but found that me just stamping each letter with a clear block was better for me. The flowers are from the same stamp set and I never noticed them before! I think they are perfect for this larger label from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit. I used the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies to place halves above and below my tag. I added some fussy cut Delightfully Detailed flowers. 


For this last panel, I stamped Stampin' Up!'s Statement of the Heart, which is the credo which all Demonstrators live by in our work. I used a Mint Macaron Blend to shade the cursive words and a Rich Razzleberry one to color the heart. I used some layering for the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper. I made a fussy bow. The flowers were created the same as the other ones, but this time I washed the background. 

Well, what do you think? I hope you can see the possibilities withe Share What You Love Suite! 

Click Next to go to Yapha's blog featuring the Animal Expedition Suite, or click previous to see Tanya's Tranquil Textures





If you want to know the supplies I used in this project, here they are:


Happy Stamping!

Sara




Sunday, August 5, 2018

Hello There, Honey Bear!

Sometimes I create cards for a class or to give to a specific person, and sometimes I get to create cards to give to other Demonstrators at events. This is one of those cards....



It all started with me watercoloring while my niece Clare created craftiness near me. I stamped the bears from the A Little Wild Stamp Set and then used an Early Espresso reinker and my aquapainter to color the bears. The bees and hive were watercolored in Daffodil Delight. The watercolor wash was using Balmy Blue. For accents, I used the Basics Adhesive-backed sequins and Very Vanilla Baker's Twine. The twine was very silky feeling, which was cool. I tried to make loops like bee wings. 

Inside, the card is also whimsical- I added the backside of the bear (the stamp stamps both front and back and the framelits cut out both at once in a tag.) I also added the sentiment "Hello There, Honey Bear" from the A Little Wild Stamp set inside along with some bees. The "a little hello" is from Itty Bitty Greetings, a sentiment stamp set with 32 sentiments!

It is supercute and fun!



Enjoy! 

Sara



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Ceramic Technique Rocks

A few weeks ago, I was blog hopping and found a blog post by Australian Demonstrator Lou Kitzelman at With a Bow on Top. I was amazed at how she used the Floral Embossing Folder to create a "Ceramic" look. She says, it's an old technique, but I've never seen it. So... I had to try it. I created the card I featured in my previous post. I didn't just create that one card, though. I experimented and created these:


The Woodland Embossing Folder was fun to work with. I used a variety of my Stampin' Blends to create the birch trees- Soft Suede,  Smokey Slate, Soft Sea Foam, and Crumb Cake. 

Here's how I did this card:


Here are my cards close-up. 

I used the Nature's Poem Suite to complete my card. 


See how green? those trees look? Well, They really don't, but I did use Soft Sea Foam Blends and I love how it makes them look more birchy!


I hope you enjoy these!



Thanks!

Sara

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