Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Undefined Carnation

I sometimes impress myself. Unfortunately, this isn't one of them, but it is still a fun stamp.

I used the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit Refill (134808) to create a carnation with bud stamp. I haven't been able to find exactly what I want so tried one on my own. I will continue to look. :)

I have carved several stamps and have been pleased with most of them. This is a very easy medium to work with. Give it a try by purchasing the Carving Kit (133402) which has everything you need to create your stamp including the carving tools. Then purchase the refill kit as needed which includes all bout the carving tools. I wouldn't be without my kit and refill!

Don't forget that Sale-a-bration runs only through this month, so place your qualifying order and add your free gift!

Here's hoping you are having a great day! Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blendabilities Unavailable

These wonderful markers are no longer available at this time. Stampin' Up is known for their quality and when something doesn't measure up, they take care of it. Unfortunately, that is the case with the new alcohol markers. We will let you know as soon as the problem is fixed and they are available again. In the mean time, we have so many other products to share. So check out the online shopping to the right and the other Sale-a-bration items you can still earn for FREE!

Here is the print out from Stampin' Up:

Blendabilities Quality Issues
February 27, 2015
We are experiencing a quality issue with our Blendabilities product line. Except for the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad Refill (item #133456), all item numbers have been turned off; this includes Blendabilities Sale-A-Bration item numbers. At this time, backorders for Blendabilities will not be fulfilled.
We thank you for your patience and will update you as soon as we have more information.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekend Challenge

I pulled out some of my retired items to create this card for a "weekend challenge" which you can check out on Connie Stewart's blog HERE. How do you think I did? Would love to know what you think.

We are having a wild and blustery winter day, so needed something to remind me of spring!

The card base is Old Olive with the flowers mounted on dimensionals and placed on a mat of Basic Black. They are then placed on a strip from the Adventure Bound DSP stack (137780). Using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch (119275), a strip is placed under the image, adding buttons with glue dots and stamping my sentiment with Momento Black ink (132708). The images are colored with Blendabilities (which can be earned as FREE gifts with Sale-a-bration ).

Hope you are having a warm and creative day. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Corner Floral

I actually saw a stamp online that inspired me to try this look with product that I have on hand.

The cardbase is Island Indigo. The Whisper White mat is stamped with the Dictionary Background stamp (w-130348 or c-130351), using the Momento Black ink pad (132708). With the background stamps, I inked the stamp and placed the cardstock on top of the inked images carefully, lay a piece of scrap paper on top and rub the image with my fingers, then carefully pull the stamped image away from the stamp.

Using the same ink, stamp the images from the Hostess set, Bloom With Hope (w-133949 or c-133952). I actually used the paper covering on my clear set as masks to stamp the smaller flowers and leaves over the other images. Let these images dry for just a bit, then use the Coastal Cabana (131000), light Pumpkin Pie (130997) and the Old Olive Blendabilities (130999) to color the images.

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On Whisper White, stamp an image from Papillion Potpourri (w-132058 or c-123759) with Island Indigo ink. Use the small Aqua Painter (103954) to pull some of the outline ink towards the center. This will add a hint of color to the wings. Stamp the image from Perfect Pennants (w-133227 or c-133230) with Island Indigo ink. Use the Banners Framelits (132173) or your Paper Snips (103579) to cut the images out. Add them to the cover with dimensionals, bending up the butterfly wings just a bit.

I hope you are inspired to give this a try with product that you might already own or order what you need at my online store to get the free gifts with sale-a-bration. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to contact me. I would love to hear from you!

Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Pacific Blue Floral

Hi, everyone! We are having a lovely snow right now, but sounds like it might get interesting. Luckily, I get to stay in and enjoy the beautiful scenery outside my window and do what I enjoy so much, crafting. I hope that you will be inspired to create, too.
This is the card I created, closed.

This is the card opened. I will write or stamp a sentiment in the white area later.
This is a close up of the inside panel.

Here is a hint for placement. (Notice the messy scratch paper while working on a project.) Position your pieces and once they are where you like them, take a picture. Then if you forget or are interrupted, you can look at the picture to fasten them down the way you wanted them.

Now on to the specifics of this project :)....

Cut a Whisper White at 4 1/4" x 11", scoring at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2". Do not fold these yet, as it is easier to decorate before folding.

From Pacific Point, cut two pieces at 1" x 4 3/8". Tape these down to each end. Punch out the butterflies with the Bitty Butterfly punch (129406). Lightly sponge Pacific Point around each butterfly and glue them to the 1" strips on each end. On the right side set, color some of the Basic Jewels Rhinestones (119246) with the dark Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Marker (131000) and place one on each butterfly. On the left side, place a single small Pearls Basic Jewels (119247).

From Pacific Point again, cut a 1 1/2" x 4 1/8" and a 4 1/8" x 4 1/8". Place the smaller one on the far left panel next to the butterfly strip and the larger one on the last panel, lined up with the fold, top and bottom. Color a strip and a half of the pearls and position them down the center, between the two strips of Pacific Point on the last panel.

With Whisper White, cut a 1 3/8" x4" and a 4" square. Emboss the smaller piece with the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder (127023) and the larger one with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (127751). NOTE: since Whisper White is a lighter weight cardstock, you may want to add a piece of wax paper in the folder with it, to prevent tearing. Use the Sticky Strip (104294) to attach these pieces to the left and right panels of Pacific Point. (these pieces are fragile after embossing, so take care in adding adhesive.) Color four small pearls and add them to the center points of the design in the small piece of embossing.

Now for the floral design.....Use the Stippled Blossoms stamp set (w-132076 or c-126747), stamp out two of the large flower designs with Pacific Point and three of the smaller flowers with Daffodil Delight. (REMEMBER: this is a two step stamp set, so ink the solid image and stamp off on to scrap paper first, then use the detail stamp fully inked on top to that image.) For the larger leaves use Old Olive and the smaller ones, use Always Artichoke. (I actually stamped off the Always Artichoke twice for the solid and once for the detail). With the Papillion Potpourri stamp set (w-132058 or c-123759), stamp out three of the butterflies in Pacific Point, then using a light touch, use the small Aqua Painter  (103954) to pull some of the color from the outline into the wings. Cut all the pieces out with the Paper Snips (103579). It is okay to leave a bit of white as you cut. It really isn't necessary to be precise when cutting these out.

Now position all these pieces til it is pleasing to you. Then attach them, using dimensionals (104430) on some of them to add to the appeal.

Stamp or write your sentiment(s) in the white space between the decorated panels and fold, using a Bone Folder (102300) to create a crisp fold, mountain fold on the first score and valley fold on the second score.

Remember, you can change out the colors and embellishments to please yourself or the recipient. Just have fun with it!

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

White on White

I love the look of white on white, whether it is shimmer white or flat, there is something soothing and elegant about it. I have left the sentiment for the inside of this card, thinking it could be used for a wedding, anniversary, or even a sympathy card.

I embossed the front of the card and with a different folded embossed a piece measuring 1 1/2" x 4 1/4", taping whisper white satin ribbon (134549_ over the seams. Cut a doily (129399) in half and glue to the card.

With the Butterfly Thinlits (LOVE these! #137360), cut out the middle one and attach it to the card. (If you add wax paper between the die and cardstock, it will come out easier.) Add the wax paper image to the top of the cardstock butterfly. I think it really adds to the reality of the butterfly. (With or without the wax paper, use folded up dryer sheet on top of the cardstock before cutting. The die cut will stick to the dryer sheet and you can peel it off carefully, leaving all those little cutouts on the dryer sheet.)

Punch out a 1 3/4" scalloped circle (119854). Using the paper snips (103579) cut a wavy spiral, about 1/4" wide, starting from the outside working to the inside. Roll from the outside to the inside onto a Quilling tool, scoring tool, toothpick, or something similar. Glue the end to the flower to hold the shape and glue to the center of the butterfly body.

Hope you have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kinda Eclectic Sunshine

I know winter is still with a lot of us, so decided we needed a little sunshine. I actually created this one for a friend recovering from surgery.
The card base is So Saffron sponged with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive. I used the stamp from Kinda Eclectic (w-135347 or c-135350) with Pumpkin Pie (stamped off on scrap paper first) to create a background print. I created an envelope out of So Saffron, also sponged with the same inks, placing a brad from the inside to create the look of a clasp. The flowers (from retired Eastern Blooms) are also stamped on So Saffron with the same ink and cut out before placing on the card. I used a dauber and Sahara Sand to color the centers. Attach your sentiment with a little adhesive and a mini clip (available in Basics Hodgepodge Clips -133765)
Hope this one makes you smile.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!