A Watercolor Creation

I decided I need to go out of my comfort zone every once in a while.  Sometimes I get in a rut so it was fun to try something different.  This is not a new technique by any means but it is kind of new to me.

To make this card I lightly spritzed some water on Shimmery White Cardstock.  Then I stamped the flowers from the stamp set called Wild About Flowers a couple of times in Berry Burst (a new InColor coming soon).  The color did run a little more than I had planned but I through it still looked ok (remember I am getting out of my comfort zone of crisp images).  Then I waited a little bit until the cardstock was almost dry before stamping the flowers a third time.  They didn’t run as much as the first two.  After that I stamped the fern from Butterfly Basics in Old Olive, more flowers in another new InColor coming soon called Powder Pink.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink when the card was completely dry.  I probably should have used a bolder sentiment but it was too late.

I think I’ll stick with my crisp images!


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A Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

This week Buffy, Jackie and I have a sketch off challenge.  It was a collaboration between Jackie and me.  She found a design and I tweaked it.

Here is my card:

I am still on my quest to use my Designer Series Paper.  I’ve told you before.  I am a hoarder.  It just seems so hard to cut that first piece.  I don’t know why but this year I vowed to use it more often.  So far I am doing better than previous years but not as well as I would like.

I used the stamp set called Wild About Flowers.  You would love this set.  It reminds me of a country meadow filled with wild flowers.  The sentiment is from Endless Birthday Wishes.  This set has been a very popular one with my customers.  The font is great and it has a lot of sentiments in it.  There is a sister stamp set called Endless Thanks which uses the same font and also has a lot of different sentiments.  Sadly both of these sentiment stamp sets are being retired on May 31st.  I will miss them!  Don’t forget to check what else is retiring by clicking on the button to the right of this post.

The Designer Series Paper is called A Little Foxy.  It uses some of the most popular colors (Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral and Pool Party).

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy created.  I am sure they will be awesome!


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A Stamp Off Thanks

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I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving and that you were filled with family, friends, good food and thankfulness.  Today’s Stamp Off Challenge is called “Let’s Be Grateful”.

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I decided not to use the tradition Fall or Thanksgiving colors and theme for my card.  Instead I went with pinks and purples.

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Whenever I get stuck on making a card, I look for a sketch challenge to do.  I found one similar to this layout but I changed it a bit and made it simpler.

I used the new Stitched Shapes Framelits.  These Framelits are actually going to be in the 2017 Annual Catalog but Stampin’ Up! decided to release them early.  This made me so happy since I love the look of the stitching.  The best part is this set of Framelits have circles, ovals and squares!

The flowers are from the stamp set called Wild About Flowers and the sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners.  The Designer Series Paper is called Blooms & Bliss.

Someone asked me how I cut the triangles of paper so evenly.  It is super simple!  You just cut a square (this one is 3″ x 3″) and then make a cut from one corner to the opposite corner.  That way both sides are exactly the same size.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy have made for their Thank You cards.  I am sure we will be awed!

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Wild About Flowers

Wild About Flowers, One Big Meaning

Yesterday I mentioned out of the blue that I went to South Carolina to visit my mom with my sisters.  One of the fun things we did was to go to a large outlet shopping area.  We went to all the usual stores we normally go to but then I spied a Swarovski store.  We decided to go into it to see what it was like.  Well, that a big mistake, although not so much for me as for my sisters.  This store is full of bling!  Everything in it sparkles.  Of course, we had to look around.  I found two gorgeous bangle bracelets.  They were beautiful and fit perfectly (of course) but they were way more money then I would spend.  Well, it just so happens that I have a birthday coming up soon.  It is a big birthday.  It is a very big birthday!  So, my amazing sisters bought me these bracelets for my birthday.  Aren’t they awesome sisters?

So this is one of the Thank You Cards I made for them.  I used the Wild About Flowers stamp set and One Big Meaning for the sentiment.  First I stamped the sentiment on a piece of Post-It Note Paper.  Then I cut around it and made a mask so that the stems of the flowers would not stamp where I wanted the sentiment.  Then I stamped the stems over the mask and then stamped the sentiment in the blank space the mask made.

Thank you to my awesome sisters!  You are both amazing!

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Wow!  I just realized this is another purple card.  I am not sure what is wrong with me.  I must be starting to like purple (Elegant Eggplant).  I think it is because it goes so well with Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight.  Alone, purple is not on my favorite list but put it together with other colors and it looks nice.

I love the Wild About Flowers stamp set.  It is in the Annual Catalog and I liked it the minute I saw it.  It is a two step stamp set which means you use two stamps to make one image.  In the case of this stamp set, the stems are one stamp and the flowers are another.  They come labeled for you so it makes it easy to know which flower goes with which stem stamp.

I stamped the “fence” using the Hardwood Background stamp in Soft Suede.  I wanted it to look a little weathered so I sponged some more Soft Suede on top.

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Wild About Flowers, Hexagon Hive Thinlits

I know everyone is probably busy making Christmas cards (if you aren’t you better get moving!!) but sometimes I need a break from them.  I love so many of my stamp sets and I think the non-holiday ones feel lonesome during this time of year.  I decided to take out the set called Wild About Flowers and make a thank you card.  The background was made using the Hexagon Hive Thinlits.  It is another one of those products that don’t get a lot of love this time of year.  I love the look of it as a background.
I am sure tomorrow we will be back to our regularly scheduled Christmas program!

Madelyn went to visit her other grandmother this weekend.  Here she is waiting at the airport for a ride home.

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Wild Flowers & A Sneak Peek

Wild About Flowers, A Little Something

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is coming out on September 1st so I decided to give you a little sneak peek of one of the stamps in that catalog.  It is really just a small peek because it is the sentiment I used on this card.  The stamp set is called A Little Something and it goes with a new Thinlit used to make a 3D project.  You will have to wait to see what it is but I know you will love it and use it a lot (especially around the holidays).  Anyway, the stamp set has five different sentiments and 4 different objects in it.  You can see the picture of it below.  It is very cute!

The flowers are from the stamp set called Wild About Flowers.  That is set available now because it is in the Annual Catalog.

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