Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Painted Harvest Hedgehog

I have seen this little guy on pinterest in so many settings and I just had to try it. We made this card at my June class and the attendees just raved about it. The scene is created with sponging and stamping. I think it looks like the hedgehog is peeking through the ferns. The designer paper and the wooden leaf are no longer in our catalog, but Stampin' Up! always has great things you can substitute.

I began this scene by masking the bottom inch (about) with a Post-it note. Then I stamped the flower from Painted Harvest stamp set using Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks. After removing the mask, I sponged on the Old Olive and then began adding the "ferns".  The face is from the Foxy Friends stamp set. The sky was created by sponging on some Balmy Blue ink.

My original plan had been to wrap the dsp with the burlap ribbon, but I forgot to do so. Another creative opportunity, and I think I like this better than if I had wrapped it.

Products Used:
Painted Harvest photopolymer stamp set (13), 144783, $21.00
Foxy Friends photopolymer stamp set (29), 141549, $27.00
Soft Suede 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 115318, $8.50
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 101650, $9.75
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, 147116, $7.50
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, 147115, $7.50
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad, 147090, $7.50
Balmy Blue Classic Stampin' Pad, 147105, $7.50
5/8" Burlap Ribbon (5 yards), 141487, $7.00
Stamping Sponges (3), 141337, $3.50 (cut each sponge into 4-6 wedges)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Impossible Card

When making this card with my class attendees, I had to assure them that my directions were correct. It just did not seem possible that the card would end up like the sample!  I think that's why its design is called "impossible".

After realizing the theory behind this card, I hope to try one going the other direction. The hardest part of this card was cutting the designer paper to fit because it has a one way design. Otherwise, you simply cut two pieces of dsp 2-1/2" x 4" and then cut away the open area. I cut in 3/4" and down 2-1/8"; turn and cut to edge.

Anyway, you just have to use a little math to do this on your own. I told my class attendees that you just have to remember the standard card size and be able to figure out half of each dimension. So, if the card is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", you need to know that half of 4-1/4" is 2-1/8" and half of 5-1/2" is 2-3/4".

The first step is to score and crease the length of your 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card stock at 2-1/8". Then turn the card stock and cut down to the score line one inch in from each side on one half.  Then cut up to the score line at 2-3/4", halfway from the sides.  Take hold of one corner of your card and fold the wider piece (3-1/2" x 2-1/8") up, which causes the other side to rotate. Once that is done, you proceed to decorate the card front and add card stock as an anchor. I chose to stamp the verse on the anchor piece.

Using the Flourish Thinlits, I cut the flower on its stem twice, once from Berry Burst card stock and once from Lemon Lime Twist card stock using the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.  I cut off the flower and the berries and added them to the Lemon Lime Twist cut-out, giving extra dimension.

Products Used:
Flourishing Phrases rubber stamp set (18); W 141531, $49.00; C 141534, $37.00
Flourish Thinlits (10), 141478, $29.00
Berry Burst 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144243, $8.50
Lemon Lime Twist 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 144245, $8.50
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $9.00
Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad, 147143, $7.50
Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (12), 144106, $10.00
Metallic Enamel Shapes, discontinued
Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack, discontinued

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day

I am in love with our new In Colors! And using Lovely Lipstick with Blueberry Bushel on this card makes it perfect for Independence Day - or any other occasion.

I used the Stamparatus to create this wreath. It is necessary to create a template first. You need two squares the same size for your template, one centered over the other but tipped on its point. You then choose your flower and set it inside both squares but toward the edge. Set your card stock in one of the squares. Pick up the stamp with your stamparatus, ink it and stamp the card stock. Turn your card stock so it is in the tipped square and stamp again.  Keep rotating your card stock until you have completed  your circle. I did not use the stamparatus for the flower centers or the greenery.

My flower is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set but the greenery is from the Daisy Delight set.

The "happy" thinlit has been retired (and so is the striped embossing folder). I applied the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to my Lovely Lipstick card stock and cut it out. The first card was as I intended, but I put my thinlit on the wrong side of the "happy" for the second card. Our motto is always that there are no mistakes in stamping, only creative opportunities. So at the suggestion of one of my class attendees, I added a layer of Dazzling Details glitter to the sticky side of the mistaken one and then attached using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Products Used:
Beautiful Bouquet photopolymer stamp set (37), 143666, $27.00
Daisy Delight photopolymer stamp set (16), 143669, $17.00
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Thick card stock (24), 140272, $7.75
Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (40), 100730,  $9.00
Lovely Lipstick 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 146970, $8.50
Blueberry Bushel 8-1/2" x 11" card stock (24), 146968, $8.50
Lovely Lipstick Classic Stampin' Pad, 147140, $7.50
Blueberry Bushel Classic Stampin' Pad, 147138, $7.50
Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin' Pad, 147095, $7.50
6" x 12" Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (12), 144106, $10.00
Fine Tip Glue Pen, 138309, $7.00
Stamparatus, 146276, $49.00
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (13/16 oz.), 133751, $5.00