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Monday, April 25, 2016

I'm always in need of masculine cards, are you? I'm looking forward to using "In the Meadow" stamp set a lot for that very reason. Here is the card we made at my May stamp class:

My goal when I first sat down to make a card was to use an alcohol technique and then decided this was a great stamp set to use with it. I used Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede and Island Indigo markers to scribble on my clear block D. After spritzing that with rubbing alcohol, I applied it to Whisper White Thick Cardstock. Because it is alcohol, it dries almost immediately, making it possible to stamp the desired image right away. I used Early Espresso ink for my stamping. The Island Indigo ribbon is from my stockpile of retired ribbons.

Products Used:
In the Meadow stamp set (8), W 140751, $28.00; C 140754, $20.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" cardstock (40), 100730, $8.50
Whisper White 8½" x 11" Thick Cardstock (24), 140272, $7.00
Island Indigo 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 122923, $7.00
Early Espresso 8½" x 11" cardstock (24), 119686, $7.00
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, 126974, $6.50
Neutrals Color Collection 12"x12" Designer Series Paper Stack (40), 138435, $22.00
Regals Collection, Stampin' Write Markers (10), 131262, $29.00

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Blessing Magnets

If you missed my class this week, you missed out on making these special magnets! The roses are made using the Spiral Flower Originals Die, leaving with our current annual catalog May 31st. A scrap of Old Olive card stock allowed me to cut just the large leaf with the Rose Garden Thinlits Dies.

The magnetic sheets I used are designed for cold air return vent covers and purchased from Lowe's. I cut them to fit in the envelopes containing my framelits and thinlits for easy flat storage. Scrap pieces were perfect for this project. I merely used my 1¾" Circle Punch for the Pear Pizzazz and Magnetic circles which, of course, I glued together before adding the leaf and rose and verbage and tiny bow. I also adhered the Perfectly Artistic dsp from the Sale-a-Bration catalog to Melon Mambo card stock before stamping and cutting. I then glued a small piece of the magnetic sheet on the back of the "tag" portion. So fun. So easy. I plan to make enough for everyone in my core group at Community Bible Study and use them as favors for our final brunch.

Oh, I mustn't forget to mention the Wink of Stella that I added to the edges of my rose petals. It doesn't show up very well in this picture, but it's there and adds so much to the overall effect.

Products Used:
Rose Wonder stamp set (14 photopolymer stamps), 140697, $27.00
Rose Garden Thinlits Dies (5), 140619, $31.00
Spiral Flower Originals, 129379, $18.00 (retiring)
Melon Mambo 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 115320, $7.00
Old Olive 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 100702, $7.00
Pear Pizzazz 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131201
Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Clear, 141897, $8.00
(Melon Mambo narrow ribbon has been discontinued)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Botanical Gardens Bundle

Just a little over a month for you to order this set from the Occasions Catalog! Contact me if you're interested.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Picture Perfect Starfish

I have toyed with purchasing the Picture Perfect stamp set ever since I received my copy of the Occasions Catalog, but just wasn't sure because there are some elements I just didn't expect to use—like the starfish. So, of course, once I received the set, the first card I designed using it was with the starfish. I think it was the challenge that did it for me. And then, when I prepared the elements for the front of the card, I realized I had cut the Tempting Turquoise too short one direction. Of course, as we always say, there are no mistakes in stamping, only creative opportunities. So I added the button and twine and some dots across the top and—voila—a card to be proud of. By the way, the dots came from the Watercolor Wings stamp set and were added after the card had been put together because I felt it needed a little something extra.

My thought process in choosing the designer series paper was that the Crumb Cake looked somewhat like a sandy beach and tearing the Tempting Turquoise was to mimic the water washing onto the sand. I am not sure if anyone would pick up on that without my explaining it, however.

Products Used:
Picture Perfect photopolymer stamp set (18), 140520, $27.00
Watercolor Wings photopolymer stamp set (15), 139424, $26.00
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.95
Crumb Cake 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 120953, $7.00
Tempting Turquoise 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 102067, $7.00
Perfectly Artistic 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper, 141021, SAB, retired
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, 126978, $6.50
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, 126975, $6.50
Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin Pad,126952, $6.50
Linen Thread (15 yards), 104199, $4.50
Naturals Designer Buttons, retired
Banner Triple punch, 138292, $23.00