Monday, September 24, 2018

At Home for Christmas

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   This weekend, I held the second of four Christmas card stamp-a-stack sessions. This has become an annual tradition for several of my stamping friends. Once a month, August through November, I design 3 cards and we get together to stamp and assemble them. By Thanksgiving, if they have attended all four sessions, my friends leave with 48 hand-made cards giving them plenty of time to address and mail them out and attend to all their holiday activities.

This year, I'm offering a limited, long-distance option. If you see a card that you like, let me know. I'll do all the prep work (cutting the paper and counting the embellishments) and you purchase the stamp set and ink to go with the cards. For instance, if you'd like to make today's card, you could click on the "At Home with You" stamp set at the end of this post and it would take you to my online store where you could purchase the set and the "Hardwood" background stamp. You would need to have on hand (or purchase from me) Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Mossy Meadow Ink, and Crumb Cake Ink. Then, send me an email and let me know how many cards you want to make and we'll work out a deal--and cost--where I'll prep the materials for you and get them in the mail to arrive about the time your Stampin' Up order arrives.
This card was super easy to make and the Boxwood Wreath is a fun addition! I started by stamping the "Hardwood" background in Crumb Cake Ink onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White panel. I adhered this to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Cherry Cobbler mat. I wrapped a length of Mossy Meadow Festive Farmhouse Twine around and tied it in a cute bow.

Next, I stamped the door from the "At Home with You" stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Cherry Cobbler Card Stock and again onto Basic Gray Card Stock. I cut out the door and the door frame and adhered them directly to the card.

I stamped the "Merry Christmas" sentiment from the "At Home with You" set in Mossy Meadow onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I adhered this to a Mossy Meadow scalloped oval cut with one of the Layering Ovals Framelits. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

For that cute finishing touch, I used three Glue Dots to adhere the Boxwood Wreath to the card. Isn't this adorable?! And so easy--just the way I like it!








 
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Friday, September 21, 2018

CAS Tree

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   This week I'm featuring CAS (clean and simple) cards that I have CASEd (copy and share everything) from samples on Pinterest. If you want to see the cards that inspired me this week, check out my Pinterest board here.


I've been playing with watercolor wash backgrounds lately. It's a quick and easy way to add a beautiful background detail to your cards. And you don't have to be a watercoloring expert to do it.




I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Watercolor Paper and used an Aqua Painter to add quick washes of Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, and Mossy Meadow Inks. I kept the colors separate so they didn't bleed into each other. And because I am the world's most impatient stamper, I set the inks with my Heat Tool so I didn't have to wait very long to keep stamping.


I used my Stamparatus tool for the rest of the card. First I stamped the tree from the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set in Night of Navy Ink. I stamped over it in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink so that it yielded a darker color of navy. I cut the tree out with the matching Nature's Roots Framelit.


After my Watercolor Paper panel was dry, I placed it into the Stamparatus so that I could stamp the sentiment. I used the gorgeous "thinking of you" stamp from the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set and stamped it in Mossy Meadow Ink. Because the Watercolor Paper is nubbly, you can use the Stamparatus to overstamp it as many times as you need to get a solid image. I love how that works!


I adhered the stamped piece to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" piece of Mossy Meadow Card Stock and then onto a Night of Navy Card Stock card base.















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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Butterfly Words

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   This week I'm featuring CAS (clean and simple) cards that I have CASEd (copy and share everything) from samples on Pinterest. If you want to see the cards that inspired me this week, check out my Pinterest board here.



When it comes to sympathy cards, I think simple is best. A simple design and a simple sentiment sometimes say more. I used the "Painted Glass" stamp set for these beautiful butterflies and a sentiment from "Rooted in Nature."




I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White Card Stock panel. I used the Stamparatus to stamp a sentiment from the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto the center of the panel. I set this aside to dry.


Next, I stamped three butterflies from the "Painted Glass" stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock. I colored them with Pineapple Punch, Mint Macaron, and Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Markers. I cut them out with the matching Stained Glass Thinlit Die.


I adhered the stamped panel to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock Panel and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base. Finally, I adhered the butterflies to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals and placed a large Rhinestone Basic Jewel between each of them.


Such a pretty card to show someone you are thinking of them in their sorrow.











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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

CAS Sympathy

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   This week I'm featuring CAS (clean and simple) cards that I have CASEd (copy and share everything) from samples on Pinterest. If you want to see the cards that inspired me this week, check out my Pinterest board here.


No one likes to have to send sympathy cards, right? But if you do need to send one, you want it to be special--to give the recipient some words of comfort and to let them know that you're thinking about them.  When you're a stamper (I hestitate to say "artist"), you want your card to be a special gift to really show how much you care. Today's card is super simple to make, but it's still beautiful and special. 

I started with a 2" by 3" piece of striped Twinkle, Twinkle Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a 2-1/8" by 3-1/8" piece of Night of Navy Card Stock. stamped some sprinkles from the "Birthday Backgrounds" stamp set in Night of Navy Ink at the bottom corner of a 4" by 5-1/4" Whisper White Card Stock panel. I adhered the  DSP piece to the panel, tied on a length of Petal Pink Shimmer Ribbon, and then adhered the panel to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base using Stampin' Dimensionals.


Next, I stamped the rose from the "Painted Glass" stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a Whisper White scrap. I colored the rose with Petal Pink and Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Markers. I used the Stained Glass Thinlits Dies to cut out the rose.


I stamped the sentiment from the "Painted Glass" stamp set in Night of Navy Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with an oval Stitched Shapes Framelit. I adhered both the rose and the sentiment piece to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.


See? Quick and easy, clean and simple, and beautiful. You can make it, too. Click on the products below and you'll be taken to my online store where you can place an order for these and any Stampin' Up supplies that you need!











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