Saturday, September 18, 2021

Jingle All the Way

Hey there! It's been a while since I've posted anything to my blog, or well, anywhere! Life gets away from you sometimes, doesn't it? Honestly, I've been knitting a lot because I also enjoy that and because I can sit in bed and watch TV while doing it. It's hard to stamp in bed--LOL!

But my annual Christmas card-making classes are an opportunity for me to get into the stampin' room and create cards. Stampin' Up has some awesome product in the July to December mini catalog and I'm all in on those. It's also Sale-a-Bration part 2! That's right! We're having another Sale-a-Bration. It ends on September 30th, so if you want to get in on the free stuff, you'll need to place your order by then! 

I'm going to show you a card featuring the cute Playful Penguins Designer Series Paper that you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase. It's a-dor-able. Take a look at this card!

I stamped a sentiment from the "Holly Jolly Wishes" stamp set in Misty Moonlight Ink and cut out with one of the Seasonal Labels Dies from the Painted Christmas Suite. (Stayed tuned for some card from that suite!). I used a Blending Brush to add some Balmy Blue Ink to Basic White Card Stock. And I fussy cut the "critters" from the Playful Penguins DSP.

And I tried a little something new --I made a YouTube video! That's right--if you have about 10 minutes, click on over to my brand new Faithful Inkspirations You Tube channel where you can watch me show you how put this card together. And as always, if you want to order the products used on this card, just click on the thumbnails below and you'll be taken to my on-line store.

If you enjoy the video, I'd be super pleased if you'd leave me a comment--and if you have ideas on how to improve future videos, I'm all ears.

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Creation Station: From Simple to Artfully Stepped Up


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I'm so glad that we're stepping into September and leaving summer behind. I love the fresh fall days that lead into my favorite season (winter). Summer is OK and all, but give me sweater weather any time! 

For our September Creation Station challenge we're to create two cards:  one that is ultra simple and a second is a stepped up version of the first. Well, I'm a little "extra" myself, so I've done an extra card for you. I've created a simple stamping card, a card for the avid stamper, and then the over the top stepped up card. 

I don't know about you, but I have trouble with "simple" cards. I always want to put an extra sprig of baby's breath or a bird on it KWIM? But I like the way my simple card turned out! And it's just stamps, ink, and paper--what could be more simple than that?

I used the "Words of Cheer" stamp set from the July to December Mini Catalog. I love that set and the font for the sentiment is one of my favorites! I stamped the floral outline image in Mossy Meadow Ink onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Basic White Card Stock panel. The sentiment is also stamped in Mossy Meadow. I used Blushing Bride Ink to fill in the flowers with the coordinating stamp and to stamp the dots around the panel. I adhered this to a 4" by 5-1/4" Mossy Meadow Card Stock mat and then onto a Blushing Bride Card Stock card base. Simple--but quite pretty! 

My stepped up version uses the same layout, but I added some extras to, you know, step it up!

For this card, I stamped the floral image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Basic White Card Stock and cut it out with the matching Christmas Cheer Die. (You can get the "Words of Cheer" stamp set and coordinating Christmas Cheer Dies in a bundle--item 156389--for 10% off the individual purchase price.) I colored the flowers with Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo and Light and Dark Petal Pink Stampin' Blends. I colored the berries with the Light Petal Pink Blend and the greenery with Light and Dark Mossy Meadow Blends. I added a 1-1/2" by 4" strip of the simply gorgeous Whimsy and Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper and wrapped a length of Blushing Bride Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon around. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to add the floral element to the card. Pretty, huh? But, wait! I really went over the top for my next card!

For my final card, everything is the same as the stepped up card except that after I colored the flowers, I brushed on Clear Wink of Stella to give them some shine. Who doesn't love shiny things?! Speaking of shiny, I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to add Subtle Shimmer Sequins to the card and to all the berries on the floral element. For a little more shine, I added a second ribbon--a length of my favorite White Glittered Organdy Ribbon. Finally, I cut some greenery elements from Vellum Card Stock using the Christmas Cheer Dies and tucked them behind the floral element. The Christmas Cheer Dies allow you to cut three greenery pieces at once. Isn't this card fun?!

I hope you've enjoyed my simple to stepped up to over the top card creations and I know you'll love what the phenomenal Elizabeth Price has in store for you! See you next month!

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Sunday, July 4, 2021

Creation Station: A Textured Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to another fun and inspiring Creation Station blog hop! This month's theme is "texture" and we can create projects using any form of texture, be it embossing paste, folders, or powders.  To get some inspiration, I looked up the definition of "texture" and chose these two art-related definitions:

  • the tactile quality of the surface of a work of art
  • the quality created by the combination of the different elements in a work of music or literature

So I went with a combination of both a tactile surface and a combination of different elements. I made two similar cards--one that's pretty straight-forward and one on which I did some experimentation.

First up is a card with simple elements. I embossed a 3-7/8" by 5" Basic White Card Stock panel with the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. That gave the panel a tactile surface. Next, I used a Blending Brush to add Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana, and Granny Apple Green Inks diagonally across the panel. Honestly, I was "afraid" to use the Blending Brushes because I'm so heavy handed with our Stampin' Sponges, but these Blending Brushes are an absolute dream to work with! The trick is to start off your card stock so you don't get too much color in one spot. It couldn't be simpler.
I adhered this panel to a 4" by 5-1/4" Basic Black Card Stock mat, wrapped a length of Highland Heather Grosgrain Ribbon around, and then adhered everything to a Highland Heather Card Stock card base. I cut two leaf sprays--one from Basic White and one from Granny Apple Green Card Stock--using the Forever Flourishing Dies. I adhered these to the card with strategically placed Mini Glue Dots. 

I stamped a sentiment from the "Forever Fern" stamp set in Highland Heather Ink onto Basic White Card Stock and quickly sprinkled on some Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. I set this with my Heat Tool. I like to "pop" the sentiments on my card by embossing them. I cut this element out with one of the Tasteful Labels Dies and adhered it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish the card I added some Fresh Freesia In Color Jewels.
I thought that card turned out nicely, but I wanted to play some more with the idea. So I again started with a  3-7/8" by 5" Basic White Card Stock panel, but this time I stamped two of the textured images from the "Tasteful Touches" stamp set in Versamark Ink randomly over the panel. I used Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and my Heat Tool to set these images. Then I embossed the panel with the  Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. I applied Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana, and Granny Apple Green Inks to this panel with Blending Brushes, just like before. This time, however, the clear embossing resisted the ink and gave me a different type of texture.
I adhered this panel to a 3-7/8" by 5" Basic Black mat and folded down one of the corners Susan Wong style, wrapped a length of the Highland Heather Grosgrain Ribbon around, and adhered it to a Highland Heather Card Stock card base. Susan also likes to get texture from ribbons by deconstructing them and I thought I'd give it a whirl.

I snipped a 2" piece of the Highland Heather ribbon and used my Take Your Pick Tool to pull out the metallic thread. It unraveled quite easily. I made a "nest" of the bendy silver thread and adhered my sentiment element directly on top of the nest. I was able to fiddle with the silver thread a bit, but I wanted it to be messy. 
I cut a Granny Apple Green Card Stock label with one of the Tasteful Labels Dies and cut two leaf sprays from Vellum Card Stock using the Forever Flourishing Dies. I adhered the leaf sprays to the back of the label and then adhered everything directly to the card front. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to add my sentiment element on top of the Granny Apple Green label.

As with the first card, I finished by adding some Fresh Freesia In Color Jewels.
I hope you've enjoyed my projects and I know you'll enjoy Denita Wright-Smee's projects! Just click the hyperlink to Denita's blog to continue our international hop!

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