Bloom with Hope

I really like several of the hostess only stamp sets in the annual catalog. Bloom with Hope is the one I thought would work great to play with my Blendabilities.

Blended Bloom Coastal Cabana

I decided to play with the Coastal Cabana colors. I have the hardest time blending with this color combo, but when the card was finished, I felt pretty good about it.

First off, I stamped my flower using the Memento pad and then used the medium and light Coastal Cabana Blendabilities to color my flower. I cut it out. I layered the Coastal Cabana card with Crumb Cake cardstock. I’m afraid my scan has it a little grayer than what it truly is. The Designer Series Paper was from a retired paper stack, trimmed with the Large Scallop Edgelit.

The leaves are stamped in Crumb Cake, and this was using a retired Stampin’ Around wheel called Leaf Prints. I took the rubber off the wheel and used it as a stamp instead. It works great and is very easy to line up. Next time I’ll show you how easy it is to change your Stampin’ Around wheels into a clear mount stamp.

I also used some of my Blendabilities to color the stamped leaves from the Bloom with Hope set. Trust me, the colors look much better on the original than the scanned copy! Keep Thinkin’ Inkin’!

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Rue Des Fleurs

Here we are with another retired stamp set. This is a set that was a little out of my comfort zone, but I ended up loving it.

Rue des fleurs

And here is the card we made in one of my classes. We used the Glossy Paper and played with the Faux Pearl technique. We also used some of our Framelits and Edgelits for the scalloped look.

Faux Pearl

Keep Thinkin’ Inkin’!

Wacky Wishes Sycamore Street

This was a fun card to make. I took a basic layout from the Stampin’ Up! magazine that demonstrators receive every other month and adapted it to work with the stamp set and embellishments I had. I also got to use a couple of products from both the Sale-a-bration and Spring catalogs.
Sycamore Happy Birthday

I started off with an Island Indigo card base. I ran the bottom half of the card through the Big Shot using the Honeycomb Embossing Folder featured in the Spring catalog. I took a piece of the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper from the Sale-a-bration brochure and attached it to Whisper White card stock. I added some Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin Ribbon to cover the seam.

I stamped Happy Birthday in Rich Razzleberry ink from the Wacky Wishes stamp set on the Whisper White card stock. The Wacky Wishes stamp set is available as a hostess item. Next came the Adorning Accents Edgelits, run through the Big Shot, on a strip of Rich Razzleberry card stock, and I attached it to the bottom of the Whisper White piece. Then the entire piece was adhered to the card base.

Now comes the fun. I took a small piece of the Sycamore Street paper using two different designs and covered them with Versamark and embossed the entire piece with Clear Embossing Powder. I punched out different areas using the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. I also stamped a flower in Versamark from the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set on Summer Starfruit, Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party and Tangerine Tango card stock, embossing them again with Clear Embossing Powder and punching them out. They were attached randomly to the Designer Series Paper on the card.

I took one of the punched paper pieces and attached it to a Bitty Button so the design would show through, and then attached the button to the card.

It was much easier to put together than the printed word shows!

3D Elegant Butterfly

I participated in a Technique Challenge the other day. We were to creat a 3D item. These are fun and easy to do. You do have to make sure you start with a punch, framelit or Big Shot die that is symmetrical. I haven’t played much with the new Elegant Butterfly Punch, so it was time to pull it out!

3-D Butterfly 001First I punched 4 butterflies from the Brights Designer Series Paper collection using the Elegant Butterfly Punch.

3-D Butterfly 002

I then scored and folded 3 of the butterflies as shown. Next comes the fun part — creating the 3D butterfly.

3-D Butterfly 003

I love using our Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. It gives you a little wiggle room when gluing the wings together. I glued one butterfly wing to another butterfly wing. Then I glued a third butterfly wing to the previous two, so it will look like the butterfly in the photo below. 

3-D Butterfly 004

I then placed glue on the back of the final butterfly and placed by dimensional butterfly on top of it.

3-D Butterfly 005

This is the butterfly as it looks when completed. I, of course, felt it needed a bit of bling, so I added 4 of Rhinestone Jewels to the center of the butterfly. Below is the finished card.

3-D Butterfly 006 (2)

I embossed the Pumpkin Pie card base with our Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. I used the Blossom Punch to punch out the Whisper White card stock and ran the blossom through the Big Shot using a retired Embossing Folder. The Early Espresso card stock was trimmed using the Adorning Accents Edgelit. The “Thank You” is from the Curly Cute stamp set and was embossed with White Embossing Powder. The 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon was then added.

Try some 3D art with punches or Big Shot dies soon. It really makes a card pop!

Purses

I received a card in a swap a long time ago that I thought was just too cute. It was definitely time to try my version of the card.

Purse

This card was made using the Full Heart Punch, folding the heart tip down to make a purse. I added the In Color Brads for the clasp and Whisper White 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon for the handle. The fabulous new Finishing Touches Edgelit added the cute border. The card base is Wisteria Wonder and then Elegant Eggplant is the coordinating color, along with the In Color Designer Series Paper. I chose “a gift for you” from the Bring on the Cake stamp set. Of course, you know that there will have to be a gift card placed inside with all of those cute little purses on the front!

Last Day to Order from the Occasions Mini

I can’t believe that April is over, and that means the Occasions Mini Catalog and the Summer Smooches Sneak Peek is coming to an end. I’m hoping that several of my favorite stamp sets from the mini will make it into the new catalog, but you can never be sure. So here is another card using the Rue Des Fleurs stamp set and the Adorning Accents Edgelits and the Adorning Edgelits Embossing Folder. The photo doesn’t do this simple card justice.

 Here is the how-to:

  • First, let me show you a little trick when you are using the Adorning Accents Edgelits. I attached a piece of our Grid Paper to the back of a Big Shot cutting plate using the Big Shot Mulitpurpose Adhesive Sheets.
  • I no longer have to guess where to line up my Edgelits and I always have a straight cut. I laid my scored Whisper White card base on the cutting plate, lining up the edge with one of the grid lines. I then took a post-it note and temporarily held it in place. (My post-its are old cut-up fax post-its. That’s why they look a little odd!)
  • Next I positioned my Edgelit, once again lining it up with the grid lines. I added a couple more post-its to hold down my Edgelit so it won’t move when I place the second cutting plate on top. This all goes on the Multipurpose Platform on top of Tab 2.
  • I keep my Edgelits in one of our CD cases with a magnet sheet inside. Here is my cut card.
  • The Adorning Accents Embossing Folder comes next, lining up the edge of the card stock with the embossing folder.
  • Out comes the Basic Black Classic ink pad and a quick stamp of “Thanks” and the fountain pen.
  • Finally, the bling — one Jewel Rhinestone added to the tip of the “Thanks.”

See you in May!