September 29, 2020
September 26, 2020
Beautiful Friendship, a lovely Stampin' Up! stamp set, (page 115) has a decidedly feminine vibe to it. The plethora of flowers, as well as the sentiments, lend it that feeling of femininity. I imagine that a card could have more of a masculine feel if other colors were used, but I haven't tried it.
September 22, 2020
The first day of fall already? While I love -- no, adore! -- the fantastical colors of fall, as well as the sometimes surprisingly balmy weather, I also dread it. Why? Because you know what comes next -- besides more of 2020, that is -- WINTER. My least favorite time of the year. For ever so many reasons.
To celebrate this auspicious day of the First Day of Autumn, I present to you a fallish card welcoming the new season.
September 19, 2020
In early June, the Annual Catalog began its year long life. Of course, as always, the catalog is filled to the brim with goodness.
One of the items that caught my eye was the lovely 6X6 Designer Series Paper called Flowers for Every Season (page 148). The selection of papers in the pack is literally usable year round.
Another product that came into existence at the same time as the Annual Catalog is a brochure called Make Beautiful Things, created with beginning stampers in mind. Even though it's meant for beginners, I always find something wonderful for myself in these brochures (this is the second year Stampin' Up! has issued one of these beginner pamphlets).
A stamp set on page 5 of the pamphlet caught my eye. It's called Four Season Floral. I thought it would be great to match up the flowers from this stamp set with some of the lovely papers from the Flowers for Every Season DSP pack. So I proceeded to do so. This is the second such card I'm showing you. The first, Daisy Smile, can be seen here.
Since there are still a few days left of official summer, I thought today I would feature a card featuring lots of sunny colors.
September 15, 2020
Have you all seen the current Mini Catalog, Handmade For You? It is in effect through January 4. (If you don't have a catalog of your own, let me know and I'll send you one.)
One of the things that really struck me as soon as I saw it in the catalog was the pack of 6X6 Designer Series Paper, Plaid Tidings, on page 57. Every single sheet of the two-sided DSP is a different plaid design, suitable for use throughout the year. One luscious plaid after another. I've always been partial to plaids, so I immediately fell hard for this pack.
September 12, 2020
For today's card, I went back to the Inspiring Iris set (page 118) once again. I've used the iris from the set several times. But I thought it was time that I took on another of the lovely flowers in the set. The only one I haven't use thus far now is the carnation. Stay tuned!
If you look at the set on page 118, you will see that it is all two step stamping. This means that you have a basic outline stamp, and then another solid looking stamp. To do two step stamping, first stamp the outline image. Then come back in with the solid stamp in the color of ink that you want your image to be.
For example, in my focal point, I wanted my flower to be Flirty Flamingo and the leaves Old Olive. Stampin' Up! designed this stamp nicely in that the outline portion is all on one stamp. But then, knowing that a stamper would probably want to make the flower and the leaves two different colors, they made the flower and leaf portions as two separate stamps.
Thus, once you have your outline stamped -- and it doesn't need to be done in black, but in this case it makes sense, since I AM using two separate colors for the flower and leaves -- you come back in with the solid stamp inked up in the desired color and stamp over the outlined image. These stamps are not meant to be exact in their matching up all the lines capacity. By not matching just right, a watercolor look is achieved.
September 8, 2020
Fold a 5 ½" x 8 ½" piece of Whisper White cardstock in half,
creasing it well with a bone folder.
You will be using this as your canvas for the entire card.
Using the two middle sizes of circles from the Stitched Shapes die set,
cut eight circles of each from an assortment of Designer Series Paper scraps.
They don’t need to match at all.
Try to cut no two circles of the same DSP.
The goal of this card is to make it look like a silly quilt and to use up those little scraps of DSP that you could not bear to throw away.
Choose a random piece of solid cardstock
and cut a circle with the larger of the two circle dies.
Not matching anything, pair up the sets of circles, one small, one large.
Glue them together, not centering any of the small circles.
Stamp a sentiment in the center solid circle.
Adhere this circle to the approximate center of the card
with a couple of .
Working from the center circle,
add in the other pairs so they approximately line up.
You can see from my sample that I didn’t do a great job of this. No matter.
Once all the circles are adhered to the card base,
use paper snips to trim all the excess even with the edges of the card.
Most normal people would throw these cut-off pieces away. Not me!
See my other card sample for how I rescued them.
With the Small Bloom Punch, punch out a flower from another random DSP scrap.
Add that to one of the double circles with a Dimensional.