Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Love You to Pieces

Sometimes when I buy a stamp set, I think, "I'm going to use that so much!" and then, OPPS, it just never works out right for the purpose in mind. The Love You to Pieces stamp set has been just that for me. But finally, I found a great reason and a great design:

I do think I found some inspiration on Pinterest, but I did make it my own. The main color is Gorgeous Grape, which I just love. Originally, I had a white background on a white base, but I added the Basic Black and the Gorgeous Grape layers and it really made the card pop. I used the puzzle outline and hearts to add a background. Such fun and not too tricky!

Happy Stamping!


Monday, January 28, 2019

Meant to Be

Pink really isn't my thing. My sister requested a "blush and rose gold" card she could use for a wedding.  So, this is what I designed:

I found that the Grapefruit Grove Foil paper (that I got for FREE as a Sale-a-bration item), looks like Rose gold in small doses. In larger pieces, the paper has a rainbowy flair to it. The camera shows this, but in person, you don't see it. I added Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets to the back before I used the  Be Mine Stitched Framelits. This made those tiny little pieces not pop out like I wanted, so I used my paper piercing tool to push them. It was weird-they weren't attached, but just didn't leave the heart without my help. I also discovered, after this card was created, when I was prepping for class, that the heart I used to cut the lacey part, worked as a base IF I put both the Very Vanilla and the Grapefruit Grove foil through the Big Shot at the same time. The Very Vanilla heart was cut with an embossed impression so that the two pieces fit together well. 

For the background, I used a spritzer with water and sprayed the paper so it was soggy. I then added Blushing Bride Reinker ink with an Aquapainter. I found that the more playful I was, the cooler it looked. I added the stamped parts in Blushing Bride. I think the MEANT TO BE sentiment would be perfect for a wedding or a personal valentine. 

Note: If you buy the Meant to Be Bundle, you can choose the Grapefruit Grove/Lovely Lipstick Foil Paper for FREE! 

Happy Stamping!


Friday, January 25, 2019

My Inky Friends Design Challenge #14: Needlepoint Nook Friend

My Inky Friends have found inspiration from the Occasions Catalog for this month's Sketch Challenge. It felt only fitting that I use a stamp set from the Occasions Catalog for my design. But first, here is the challenge:

Here is  my card:

I love the Needlepoint Nook Suite from the Occasions catalog. I've done my fair share of needlework. These images are so very accurate, because Stampin' Up! used real needlework for the Designer Series Paper and a process called photorealism to create the stamps. 

I found that my ink pad was better than coloring with markers, so I went with solid images, but varied the colors by adding a Crushed Curry label as a border along the top of my banner, I also used the Needlepoint Elements Thinlits to add  dimension to my base with the stitched pattern. Remember using the templates and piercing tool in the past? This is much easier! 

For my banner, I cut a 2 3/4 by 3" piece of Designer Series Paper and then hand cut the banner on the bottom. I also used embellishments from this suite- I threaded a piece of Old Olive Linen Thread through a Needlepoint Nook Mini Button and used a mini-glue dot to adhere it to my flower center.

My final touches were to add friend on the front. I used Old Olive and then offset a second stamp in Mossy Meadow. That way, it looks 3D. Inside I added a sentiment and a stitched image for flair. 

I hope you like my entry for this challenge! Be sure to check out the other designs by My Inky Friends at the My Inky Friends Blog.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, January 18, 2019

Embossed Blooms

I love bright colors--when designing. I'm just drawn to bold colors as I was drawn to the Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper. I really think my mom used some of these patterns when I was a kid to sew my clothes. I just adore them. 

When I first sat down to design with the products from the Happiness Blooms Suite, I knew the 2018-2020 In Colors were going to be my focus. Awesomely, I had ordered the 2018-2020 In Color Embossing package earlier in the fall, and had yet to use it. I was psyched to realize that these bold colors would "Pop" when embossed on Night of Navy Cardstock. 

Here's my first card:

I combined the Itty Bitty Birthdays with the Bloom by Bloom to stamp this card. To create the multicolored image, I stamped each part in Versamark and embossed in the color I wanted before I stamped the next image in Versamark and embossed in a different color. Static is an issue here in Wisconsin this time of year, and I used a paint brush to wipe away any stray powder. When I used the embossing buddy on it, the cornstarch within left a white trail, so I just tried to be careful.  I used the new (and AWESOME) Stitched Rectangle Framelits to make the frames. I used dimensionals (of course) to pop these panels up. 

The final touch was adding an embossed image and sentiment to the inside! 

My second card is what we made at Stampin' Celebrations. We used the technique--layered embossing- to get the dynamic colors on this card:

This card really is rectangular with 90 degree angles. My photography skills were lacking on this one. But, the card is still very cool. The inner rectangle panel allows room for the background paper to peek through. The rectangle frame was "leftovers" from when I made 12 of the card above.  

For the flowers, I used the same- versamark- embossing powder- heat emboss--next stamp in versamark-embossing powder--heat emboss-- next stamp routine, but I also stamped in versamark on top of my already embossed area to layer the colors. What a fun technique! 

I loved designing and experimenting to create these cards!  If you are interested in recreating these or cards like it, there are links below to my store. 

Happy Stamping! Sara

Friday, January 11, 2019

My Inky Friends: Time to Sale-a-brate! Blog Hop

Welcome to the Lily Ink Pad stop on the My Inky Friends "Time to Sale-a-brate" Blog Hop. Each of the designers have chosen a Sale-a-bration product to feature. At the stop before mine,  Kris has shown you the Butterfly Wood Elements in her awesome projects. At the next stop, you'll see this year's chicken set, Home to Roost, with fun projects by Staci. 

At this stop, you'll see my projects using my new favorite Designer Series Paper- Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper. I am thrilled to be able to share with you two fun fold cards that highlight this amazing paper. 

Here is the Accordian Fold Card closed (as if I gave it in a clear envelope.

and here it is opened, like if you loved the card so much, so you displayed it on your desk: 

I love how much the paper within the 12 x12 pack coordinates. Plus, I get to to use Highland Heather as a base. I added panels of the Designer Series Paper on 3 levels at different  widths. I also added the sentiments from Part of My Story Cling Stamp Set that you can also earn during Sale-a-bration. I stamped in Bashful Blue on Whisper White. I added two more Pretty Label Punched pieces to make thin border around the punch. I used the Butterfly Duet punch to punch the large butterflies from a fourth page of the paper. The tiny butterflies were punched from a fifth page! I made 15 of these cards thus far, and have still only used one package! 

Here's the template I used to fold this card. 

My other card I want to show you highlights the "other side" of the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper. 

All of the back sides are black and white, which allows us to color the images, or use them for contrast!  I did a flip fold for this card, which means it opens up with one flap over the other.  I used the coordinating stamp set, Butterfly Gala, to stamp the butterflies in black. I then used the Bashful Blue Light and Dark Stampin' Blends to add color. My final touch was adding Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins in blue, although, they show up in the photo reflecting light and colored. 

Here is the template I used for this card:

I hope you, too, have fallen in love with the Botanical Butterfly. 

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Happy Stamping!



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