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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sheet Music and Tranquil Tulips

Whenever I get new stamps, I find myself wondering how to use them, especially if I don't have the other sets used with the samples in our catalog. I was so excited about our Sheet Music background stamp but struggled with what stamp sets to use with it. So I had a pile of my newer stamp sets sitting beside me and decided the hostess set, Tranquil Tulips would work really well. Other than Basic Black and Whisper White, I used our new In Colors, Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst. The words come from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

Products Used:
Sheet Music background stamp, W 143967, $20.00; C 143970, $15.00
Flourishing Phrases rubber stamp set (18), W 141531, $49.00; C 141534, $37.00
Tranquil Tulips photopolymer stamps (22), $143767, $10.00 (hostess set only)
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Berry Burst 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144243, $8.00
Tranquil Tide 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144246, $8.00
Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad, 144083, $6.50
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad, 144085, $6.50
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Ink Pad, 140931, $7.00
Layering Ovals Framelits (15), 141706, $35.00

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Number of Years Stamp Set

I have not used this set in a while and I don't know why. I always love the cards made with it. But it seems I only pull it out when there's a special birthday to celebrate, like my friend Nancy's 80th birthday. She goes to our church and her husband is planning a big party for her. So excited to share in the celebration for such a sweet woman!

For this card I worked in a lot of In Colors. Everyone seems to love the Lemon Lime Twist, but I wasn't so sure. However, it was perfect for this card. I used two of the In Colors introduced last year (Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum) and two new ones (Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist).

I'll let you in on a little secret: I apparently had some ink on my thumb and left a tiny smudge on my artwork. I didn't want to ruin all my work, so I pulled out a Dapper Denim Enamel Shape (the heart) and covered it up. Who would guess I hadn't planned that all along?

And this card also gave me a chance to use the new Mini Stampin' Dimensionals!

Products Used:
Number of Years photopolymer stamp set (29), 140653, $27.00
Large Numbers Framelits (11), 140622, $31.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Dapper Denim 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 141414, $8.00
Lemon Lime Twist 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144245, $8.00
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin' Pad, 144086, $6.50
Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad, 141394, $6.50
Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad, 144083, $6.50
Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad, 141395, $6.50
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (720), 144108, $4.00

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Heartland Stamp Set

I bought the "Heartland" stamp set specifically for the little boy with his geese. The image just appeals to me. I like the other images, too, especially the barn. But the boy is tops with me.

So I set about designing a card with that design in mind and had great fun framing the image after I water colored it. I have started heat setting my Archival Ink to be sure it won't bleed at all. Usually there is no problem, but some colors seem to cause bleeding (mostly yellows, it seems).

My primary colors are Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim. And I'm loving the "Layered Leaves" 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder! In fact, I now have all the 3D folders except "Ruffled". Eventually. That one reminds me of a tiled roof.

I used Powder Pink for the boy's skin and a few highlights on the geese, taking care not to get too much ink on my Aqua Painter. 

It's important to cut the circle from the Emerald Envy card stock using the embossing folder or you will flatten the design. Then use the same layering circle framelit plus one a size up to create the frame around the image. I cut the larger one first because it's easier to center the smaller one inside the circle than around it. At least I found that to be true. Also, if you wish to stamp a greeting on front, as I did, you need to do that before embossing.

Because this was one of the cards I designed for my June class, I have lots of Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim circles left. I'm just going to have to design a card using those!

Products Used:
Heartland rubber stamp set (4), W 143889, $23.00; C 143892, $27.00
Teeny Tiny Wishes rubber stamp set (24), W 128748, $37.00; C 127802, $27.00
Dapper Denim 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 141414, $8.00
Emerald Envy 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 141415, $8.00
Watercolor 6" x 9" Paper (5), 122959, $5.00
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Ink, 140931, $7.00
Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad, 141394, $6.50
Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Pad, 141396, $6.50
Powder Pink Classic Stampin' Pad, 144084, $6.50
Layering Circles Framelits (16) 141706, $35.00
Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 143704, $9.00
Linen Thread (15 yards), 104199, $4.50

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bonus Class Card

At my June class, I offered a bonus card—bonus because it consisted primarily of discontinued items. But it's a happy card and an easy, new technique. Used a brayer to roll three colors—Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Tempting Turquoise—onto a piece of SAB dsp (Inside the Lines). Added a ribbon, a flower (Botanical Builder Framelits) and the word "happy" (Hello You Thinlits).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Using Old DSP

Finding this pretty designer series paper in my stash, I just had to use it. Since I wasn't sure what color green it is, I found a coordinating color (Always Artichoke) and stamped on the dsp itself. The Floral Phrases stamp set seemed to fit the elegance of the paper's design. I love this card and almost wish I had even more of this paper to use.