Sunday, June 6, 2021

Creation Station: In Color Floral Frenzy Mash-Up

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Hello everyone! I'm glad you've stopped in to see what the Creation Station design team has in store for your June 2021 hop. Our theme is "In Color Floral Frenzy Mash-Up." Say that three times fast! Our mission is to create a project using at least one In Color from the 2020-2022 collection and at least one color from the 2021-2023 collection and Basic White--and that's all. Oh! And throw in a floral, too! As I always say to my boss when she gives me an assignment: On it!

I chose the Hand-Penned Suite for my project. I have to admit, I passed that suite by when I first got my catalog  “I have enough floral sets I don’t need another one,” I thought. But I kept seeing all the beautiful cards everyone was making with that set, it grew and grew and GREW on me until I simply had to have it! Does that ever happen to you?

I love the artistic two-step stamps. Simply stamp the floral arrangement from the Hand-Penned Petals stamp set (I used Evening Evergreen Ink) and then fill in the flowers and leaves with their matching stamps. I used Magenta Madness, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, and Soft Succulent Inks.  The best part is that the filler stamps aren’t meant to fit exactly into the outline stamp so you don’t need to drive yourself crazy trying to make it perfect. Besides, as my friend Lydia Fiedler says: perfection is for serial killers! I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers to give them some sparkle and shine. I cut out the image with the matching outline die from the Penned Flowers Dies.  You can get the Hand-Penned Petals stamp set and Penned Flowers dies in a bundle, saving you 10% off the price if you purchase the separately.

Next, I used the detailed die to cut two floral pieces from Thick Basic White Card Stock. I adhered these to the back of the stamped floral image and set them aside while I built the card base.  

The card base is Evening Evergreen Card Stock cut lengthwise and scored at 5-1/2” and 6-3/4”.  I adhered the top left of the card to the card base, making a book fold. I adhered a 1” by 4” strip of Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper to the top of the book fold. I used the pointy corner of the Tailored Tag Punch to make a notch at the top and bottom so that the Pale Papaya and White Ribbon would lay flat.

I cut a 4” square of dotted Pale Papaya Hand-Penned DSP and adhered it to the right front of the card. I added the floral elements to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals. I stamped a sentiment from the Hand-Penned Petals stamp set in Evening Evergreen Ink onto Basic White and cut it out with one of the  Hippo & Friends Dies. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I finished the card with a few Genial Gems.

On the inside, I stamped the outline of the other floral image from the Hand-Penned Petals set onto a 4" Basic White Card Stock square using Evening Evergreen Ink.

I hope you enjoyed my creation and I hope I inspired you to make your own floral frenzy mash-up. Remember, you can purchase everything in the Hand-Penned Suite (stamp set, dies DSP, Genial Gems) with one item code. Just click on the thumbnails below and you'll go right to my online store. I'm certain you'll fall in love with this suite just like I did!

Now it's time to be inspired by another one of our wonderful design team members, Vicki Boucher!

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Creation Station: What Do You Sea?


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How did it get to be May already?! Spring is in full bloom around here. I'm heading off to Arkansas this week to pack up my kiddos as their college year ends. The new Stampin' Up Annual catalog is (just about) out! And it's time for another Creation Station blog hop!

This month's theme is "What Do You Sea?" So cute! I had a couple of projects made that I was going to share--but my BFF and I mixed up our bags at the Stampin' retreat we attended last weekend and she's out of town. That just means I need to think of something new! And I've got something that's just the ticket!!

I used the "Sailing Home" stamp set and coordinating Smooth Sailing Dies to create this card. And I used the new Blending Brushes! Oh my goodness! These brushes are so soft and so easy to use. Take it from me--someone who worries about trying new things--these brushes are the bomb! Take a look at the background on this card!

I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" Basic White Card Stock panel. I used the smallest of the Layering Circles Dies to cut a mask for the sun from a sticky-note. I used that negative space in that to brush on Bumblebee Ink to make the setting sun. Then I masked the sun and used a another sticky-note to mask my horizon. 

For the sky, I used So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, and Highland Heather Inks (in that order) and swirled them on with a Blending Brush. I cleaned the brush by rubbing it on my Grid Paper before going into the next color.

Then I switched the orientation of the sticky note so I could create the water. I used Pool Party, Misty Moonlight, and Gorgeous Grape Inks. I used Highland Heather Ink along the sky-water line to blend those together.

Next, I used the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder to emboss just the water. I did this by lining the edge of the embossing folder against the horizon, keeping the sky free of the folder, and running the "sandwich" through the Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine. I was super pleased at how that turned out!

I stamped the birds image in Basic Gray Ink directly on to this panel and then adhered it to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat and then onto a Moonlight Card Stock card base.

I stamped the lighthouse in Basic Gray Ink onto Basic White Card Stock, sprinkled on Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and then cut it out with the matching die. I did the same for the sentiment piece. I adhered the lighthouse to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

For the sentiment piece, I wanted to tone down the white so I "cleaned" my Blending Brush by rubbing the excess Misty Moonlight Ink over it. I cut another label out of Basic Black Card Stock, cut it in half, and adhered it to the sentiment piece. I adhered some twine from the Well Suited and Snail Mail Combo Packs to the back for some extra interest. I used Black Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the label to the card.

To finish, I added three silver Metallic Pearls to the card. I love the way this turned out. I think it is the perfect masculine graduation card, don't you?

Next up to dazzle you with her creation is the marvelous Sara Nell Langland. Let's sea what surprises she has for us!

tams# 59525

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Creation Station: Sweet Treat Packages

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Happy Easter everyone! What a good time for giving little gifts in little paper packages. My twins are off at college and I made them some sweet boxes with Easter treats inside. These boxes are super simple to make.  I learned how to make them from my Stampin' Up sideline, Barb Reed, aka The Wexford Stamper. Barb is the Queen of paper packaging! I'll link you to her YouTube video at the end of my post, but first let me share my spring time treat boxes with you!

I made a stack of these sweet treat boxes using the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper--and one using the Well Suited DSP. Aren't they just the sweetest?!

Each box uses one sheet of card stock, scored at 1/2", 2-1/2", 8-1/2", and 10-1/2" on the long side and at 2", 4", 6", and 8" on the short side. Here's the template (fold along the solid lines, cut along the dashed lines, remove the Xed sections).

And here's how it looks with cuts and beveled edges.

You'll need four 5-7/8" by 1-7/8" pieces of DSP for each box. PROTIP: Remember which order they go in (#askmehowiknow)! Adhere the DSP as in the next picture. You can also add a strip of Tear & Tape at this point.

Next, assemble your box. It's easier if you assemble it flat by folding in the two sides, one at at time, like this.

Then, at each end of the box, fold in the two side flaps and tuck in the lid, like this.

I made a label for each box using sentiments from the "Pretty Perennials" stamp set and decorated each label with a floral arrangement stamped using the "Art Gallery" stamp set. The flowers and label are all stamped on Basic White Card Stock. I stamped each arrangement twice--once in Mossy Meadow Ink, and once with just the flowers, done with two-step stamping. I cut each out with the coordinating Floral Gallery die. I used my Paper Snips to the cut off the flowers and popped them up on the stem using Stampin' Dimensionals. I matched the sentiments and flowers to the colors in the DSP. I also matched the cardstock for each box to the DSP. (See the thumbnails below for the list of colors.) I used a Stitched Rectangle Die to cut the label.

I adhered the label to the box with Stampin' Dimensionals and tied a length of Fine Art Ribbon around. (I used the Well Suited Twine for the masculine box). I slipped the floral piece underneath the ribbon and adhered it to the label with Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish the Fine Art boxes, I added three Gold Glitter Enamel Dots. I used a couple of blue sequins from the Artistry Blooms sequins on the masculine box.

Here's the link to Barb's YouTube video for your instruction and enjoyment.

I hope you enjoyed my sweet treat boxes and I hope you'll try your hand at making them for yourself.

Next up is the super talented Martin Stone from the UK. Martin is a Stampin' Up Artisan and when you see his work, you'll totally understand why!

Stay healthy! Stay safe!

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