Monday, July 31, 2017

Soft Sayings

I met with my college roommate, Karen, last Friday, and we made cards using the Soft Sayings Card Kit. She followed the examples, but I went off-book and created my own.

I added my own ink, in Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, and Fresh Fig. Other than that, I used only parts of the kit. My process was this: Choose a layer. Choose a sentiment and tag. Add some embellishments. Easy, Peasy, and Beautiful.

Kits are a great way to get all you need to make cards to last a while! 

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Coloring Cards

I've always loved Mary Engelbreit's art work for it's vibrancy in color. When I first saw these watering cans as a part of the Just Add Color Designer Series paper. I wanted to try my hand at coloring like her. I first used my Watercolor Pencils:

Next, I tried my markers:

I had limited supplies when I created these, but I think that makes me more creative. To get the washi tape to show up on the Basic Black Cardstock, without having the transparency of the tape soften the colors, I added two layers. Can  you even tell there's two? I don't think you can and it makes the card look better. That's a much better solution to trimming strips of white cardstock to fit my washi tape!

I like these and had fun with Clare coloring and "crafting." She also made a card using the Just Add Color paper:

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Embossing Paste Pizzazz, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my Embossing Paste Pizzazz. Today's techniques are the more advanced techniques, but as you'll see they aren't that hard!

First up, the basic supplies, once again.

Technique #4: Embossed Embossing Paste

When I first heard of embossing paste, I thought it was a way to adhere embossing powder. It really is designed to stand alone, but it also can be used to emboss and the results are A-MAH-ZING! 

For this card, I applied the embossing paste, and then added Copper Embossing Powder and heat set it. So very cool. I then added the branch and leaves from the Seasonal Layers Bundle. For the leaves, I did the rock and roll technique with Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze. I then added the vein framelit on top of one for added flair. The banner was cut with the Banner Punch out of Crumb Cake with Early Espresso Ink. 

Technique #5: Multicolored Embossing Paste

I had the most fun with this technique and love the colors created! 

Cool, huh? I used Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise, and Melon Mambo Reinkers for this embossing paste. I mixed up a couple of drops of reinker and paste, then applied one color at a time. Where the colors mixed, I got even cooler colors. The video shows it better, but here are my other cards:

See the variety? The all pinkish one is when I was running out of paste, so mixed them up and made extra backgrounds. I love ice cream and I love playing with the Cool Treats photopolymer stamp set and the Frozen Treat Framelits. I went out of my comfort area by using Lemon Lime Twist as a background. The rest just came together. 

Technique #6: Painted Paste

This technique scared me. I was afraid it would be too messy, but actually, it wasn't so bad. Clean up was easy, especially since I kept a dish of water nearby to soak my materials until I could clean up.  I decided that painting on a die cut would be better so I used the whipped cream from the Coffee Cup Framelits to make a cupcake:

Mixing up just a small amount of paste is challenging so I had extra to use on many cupcake tops.

I loved playing around with different layouts. Nothing boring here! The Designer Series Paper is from the Oh So Eclectic Bundle- proving that even the flowery bundles can make not flowery cards. I made the straw into a candle. The Peek-a-boo Peach flame was created by punch a 1/2 circle, and then punching it again to get the ovalish shape. 

I hope you enjoyed this class!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Embossing Paste Pizzazz, Part 1

This post is a follow-up to my online class I hosted Sunday about Stampin' Up!'s Embossing paste. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to try it out with my mom. We were impressed with how amazing the finished project looked, and how easy it was to apply.

That night I experimented with the paste, trying things I've seen others do, and I ended up creating a variety of backgrounds that I created into cards to share. I named all my "techniques" myself. I don't think there are official names.

I used a variety of reinker colors, you can use any you'd like. The embossing paste and heat tool is only for the Embossed Embossing Paste, but you can use the heat tool to dry the paste if you want, but it's not really necessary. 

Technique #1: Plain Paste

The easiest way to use embossing paste is white on cardstock. All you have to do is scoop a bit of paste out of the jar and apply it to the mask like frosting. Here is my finished card:

I am in love with those little clouds. I think baby card when I see them, so I made a pink hot air balloon card. The Powder Pink paper from the Fresh Florals was a perfect choice for the the balloon. I just added some Whisper White and Powder Pink to the back in stripes. I used the Hello Baby stamp from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set on a banner from the banner duet punch.

Technique #2: Partial Background Plain Paste

To add some pizzazz, you can also do a partial background by spreading the paste in a smaller area than the whole card front:

Fro this one, I used Bermuda Bay Cardstock as my background and simply spread the paste on part of the mat. I added a Berry Burst Daisy stamped in Berry Burst, a couple of Lemon Lime Twist leaves, a little ribbon and a tag from the Pretty Label set. The center of my flower has a Pumpkin Pie center punched out with a gold faceted gem on top. A quick, easy, and stunning card.

Technique #3: Colored Paste

My third technique is another basic way to use the paste by adding a little color. I used Berry Burst, which seems to be a go to color lately. I just love its bright boldness. For this technique, I mixed a tablespoon or so of paste with a couple of drops of reinker. Then, I spread the paste across the entire template. Lift up the mat, and Voila!. The image is amazing. My mom said that it looks like I cut and pieced a paper design. Very cool. 

Here's my card: 

I wish the colors showed up better on this picture. But, it really is stunning. I stamped a daisy (I just can't stop myself) in Pool Party on Whisper White and stamped a Daffodil Delight Center. For the half one, I cut around the center of a the flower to trim excess petals. My stems were hand cut out of garden Green. The ribbon is Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon. 

Tomorrow, you can stop by for more details on the other 3 techniques- the more advanced ones. 

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Garden Girl Day

Clare went ga ga over the Garden Girl Stamp set and I loved it as it reminded me of my youth. I got two Auntie and Clare days this week so we are stamping, coloring, playing, resting, swim lessoning, and sciencing.

So, in honor of her love of the Garden Girl, I am sharing this card today:

I used my Watercolor Pencils and an Aquapainter to color. The girl and bunny were stamped first, and used the masking technique to get the fence behind. That means that I stamped my image on a post-it note and then cut it out. I placed it so it covered my stamped image of the girl. I then stamped the fence. The part of the fence the girl is blocking stamped onto my post it note, so it wasn't on my paper. Clear as mud?

For the "ribbon" I punched a Real Red piece with the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch and then sewed Whisper White Bakers Twine through the large circles. The Happy Birthday is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

Clare also used the masking technique on her picture:

The fence curves...on purpose. She was proud of getting the birds on the fence "perfectly."

Pretty cute, huh?
Happy Stamping! Sara

Monday, July 17, 2017

Inky Friends In Color Blog Hop ReCap

For a blog hop, we try to limit some of the words on a page, but I ALWAYS have more to say about my projects, so today's post will give more details about each project.

First of all, a commenter asked what the salt/watercolor technique is that I used on this card. 

To this technique, all you do is watercolor the background paper. I did a larger blog of Fresh Fig and then added some Calypso Coral. Then, before the ink dries, sprinkle salt on the pigment. The salt draws the pigment in unique ways. 

I had a facebook live class and here is an edited section showing this technique. 

The rest of the card came together after I had the cool background to work with. I used a heart from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits to cut out a white wood background piece from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. I added a little bling with the Silver Metallic Enamel Shape, and the metallic thread behind the heart.  The sentiment is from the Just Add Text Stamp Set. 

My Stomping Technique Card is a favorite, as I like to be able to make interesting backgrounds with supplies I have on hand  and I alway have Stamps! All I did was repeatedly stamp the main flower image until the ink ran out, over and over, and over, layering the ink to get a texture. I then reinked and went at it again. Really easy and makes a neat background. Plus, really, the stress relief was and added bonus.

Besides the technique, I love the flower cut outs from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies. The flowers really pop out with Fresh Fig behind. The pink flowers are actually Blushing Bride with Cherry Cobbler petals. This color combo came from the Stampin' Up! Color Chart and my sister picked it out as her favorite. 


I also added some Fresh Fig 1/2" Finley Woven Ribbon cut at an angle and the flower center is a Gold Faceted Gem. I think this card looks harder than it was to create!

The inside needed some lovin' so here it is:

My final project was in my mind a lot longer than all the rest. As I wrote before, I had the wood frame part for a LONG time and just hadn't found the right idea to fill it. I love the look of quilts, but am not a sewer like my mom, so I did a little paper quilting.

For the final look I used a Chalk Marker to write Lily's Ink Pad by hand. I then used the Daisy Punch and the Daisy Delight Stamp set to create Prairie Purple Coneflowers. I stamped in Fresh Fig on Wisteria Wonder and then Fresh Fig on  Early Espresso. The Flowers were cut in half to get that signature coneflower look. 

I hope you enjoyed my projects as much as I did creating them!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Inky Friends New 2017-2019 In Color Blog Hop: Fresh Fig

Welcome to the Lily Ink Pad stop on the Inky Friends New 2017-2019 In Color Blog Hop. Each stop on this hop features one of the newest In Colors from Stampin' Up!. There are two for every color! How awesome is that? You may be starting here with my Fresh Fig post, or perhaps you came from Yapha's blog featuring Berry Burst, or backwards from Shelley's Lemon Lime Twist.

Fresh Fig is a deep purple, but with a dusty tinge. I love the tone of the color as well as how it pairs with other colors so well.

My first project is a card using a technique to make the background called Stomping,

Basically, I used the watercolor flower from the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and stamped it repeatedly to create the background. I would ink it up and then stamp until it was out of ink, and then go again. It was very stress- relieving. The flowers are Blushing Bride with a Cherry Cobbler veins. For extra bling, I added a Gold Glimmer Enamel Dot.

My second project is a card  using a watercolor wash with salt. I love this look.

I added a sentiment from Just Add Text and a heart cut out of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. Lovely, but quick and easy.

My final project is a display board for my wall. I bought the unfinished piece eons ago and finally decided what to do with it. I painted it Fresh Fig by adding reinker to white acrylic paint. The inside is the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper which I "quilted" by cutting it into 2" right triangles and adhering them to a background.

I added one of my favorite flowers,  echinacea, which I made with Wistera Wonder cardstock stamped with Fresh Fig and then punched out. I used halves of each flower to get the signature look of the Prairie Purple Coneflower.  

Well, I hope you loved my projects as much as I do. More details will appear on my blog on Sunday, but until then, hop on over to Shelley's Blog to her projects featuring Lemon Lime Twist.


Happy Stamping!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Watercolor Technique Class Revisited, Part 2

My last three techniques looked tricky, but weren't. The results are spectacular!

This technique produces the tie dyed look and is so much fun to experiment with. I spritzed my paper with water and then dropped ink using my brush onto the paper. The color spreads out in fun ways, following the water. I then added the second color and used my brush to smooth out the edges. After it dried, I used the Balloon Bouquet Punch to create the balloons. I added them in a bunch using dimensionals. I used a Whisper White background that I had embossed using the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

The next technique I named Marker, Block, Spritz because that's the order of the steps.

I colored my E block with Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Tempting Turquoise, and Dapper Denim. Next, I spritzed the watercolor paper with water. The more water, the more muddled the design will be. I then pressed the block onto the wet paper and watched the colors blend. After lifting up, they blend even more, and after it dries, it looks a little different. My final step was to stamp my images in Always Artichoke and Night of Navy. The little asters  are from the Daisy Delight stamp set. 

The final card I will reveal during the New In Colors Blog Hop. but basically, I just made a watercolor wash with Fresh Fig and Calypso Coral. I then added salt to make a cool background. 

I hope you enjoyed these projects as much as I enjoyed sharing them. 

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Watercolor Techniques Class Revisited, Part 1

If you watched my Facebook Live Class on Tuesday, July 11th, these projects will be familiar, but since I love them so much, I am also including them in a blog post series so you can return to them as often as you want.

First of all, the basic supplies:
You don't need everything on that graphic. I used the watercolor paper mostly and few ink and reinkers on most of my projects. The aquapainters make good brushes and the spritzer/marker/block combo is a technique all it's own. A paintbrush is awesome to use for watercolor washes along with the spritzer. For these projects, the quality of the paintbrush doesn't have to be high.

The first two techniques were on the same card:

I used Pacific Point and Lemon Lime Twist to make the wash. I added color to my stamped images in Basic Black with the Watercolor Pencils. I used the pencils by dipping them in water and then coloring. In some areas, I colored in white and then colored a lighter color over it. This blocked the background color from interfering with the lighter color.

Next up, I used a technique to add a lighter color onto a darker color.

This technique amazes me. Every single time. I first traced some circles using a framelit and a pencil. Next, I watercolored inside each circle with a darker color. Finally, I added drops of watercolor in a lighter color. The Happy Birthday Framelit cut out the perfect sentiment for this funky card. The final touch was some glitter enamel dots. 

I hope you liked my cards. I am impressed with how much I learned preparing for this and how much fun I have watercoloring. Be prepared to see much more in the future! 

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Thanks a Latte

Nothing makes my morning brighter than my first cup of coffee. I love the stuff. I was thrilled to see the Coffee Break Suite in the new catalog. It was made  for me!

I used Paper Piecing for the cup, which basically means stamp on the Designer Series Paper and then cut out (with framelits). The rest is stamped. On the background of Pool Party,  I used the new Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. So very cool in person.

Check out how I adhered the layers:

MINI DIMENSONALS! For the first time, ever, I didn't have to cut my dimensionals in half to adhere something small! The mini-dimensionals fit perfectly. Such a great new product. 

This was a quick and easy card in the end, but it doesn't look boring. I love it.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, July 7, 2017

My Paper Pumpkin June 2017: Once in Melon

On July 4th, I spent my crafty part of my day playing with June's My Paper Pumpkin. (which I got a week late. Make sure your credit card isn't expired on your account if you want it on time). I went to town!

First, the projects from the kit with some cute extra products.

I needed some party favors, so I took the cute bag (it hurt to cut into it) and made a little band for the bottom of the 3 x 6" gussetted bag. I then added a doily and a watermelon for a topper. I filled them swedish fish as they are my favorite. The other is a water bottle tag to go with some lemonade packets. I cut the notecards in half and then punched a hole in the white side and folded over a 1/2 inch. I used a stapler to attach the the sweet watermelon with a half doily. I made it tight enough to hold the drink packets.

Next, I made this scrapbook page: 

This is a day I spent with Clare two years ago. We took a walk to the local park. She wanted to "just put her feet in the water." I knew that would lead to her swimming in her party dress, but let her. Bubba had to rescue us with a towel. Great memories.

Finally, I made some cards out of the materials left. 

I love the watermelon theme, so made mini watermelon notecards and a pineapple card!

Seriously, this is like a gift of fun each month I give myself for 19.95. I love opening the box, seeing what's inside and just creating. Join me!

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Ghosting Technique

It sounds spooky, but it's really not.

My Stampin' friend Tanya Boser featured this technique on our last Inky Friends Blog Hop and I loved her colors, so I decided to try it Check out her amazing work.

Basically, you stamp on glossy cardstock (I'm so glad it's back!) with Versamark ink. Let the ink dry and sponge over the top. Although, the card took longer, I made a video--including speedy stamping and sponging.

Note: this technique is not for the faint of heart or those people who can't handle inky fingers. You will get inky. 

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Relax on the 4th of July!

I know it's not fireworks and red, white, and blue, but this is the 4th of July to me:

A comfy chair overlooking the water evokes the relaxation that occurs at family gatherings, picnics, and  fireworks!

I used the watercolor wash technique for the background on Watercolor Paper. The chair was cut using the framelits. The flowers on the branch were stamped in Powder Pink and then stamped in Fresh Fig.

Simple, yet cute.

Happy Stamping!



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