Friday, November 16, 2018

Pop of Color

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations  Yesterday I shared a purely black and white card that I made for a swap at Stampin' Up's OnStage Live in Orlando, Florida. The host of that swap also runs a "black and white with a pop of color" swap that I love. Black and white is elegant, but when you add a pop of color the card, well, the card pops! Take a look.

For the main image on this card, I used the "Serene Garden" stamp set. Because I was making several cards (13, to be exact), I pulled out the Stamparatus and was able to stamp the main image in no time. I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on a 3-3/4" by 5" Whisper White Card Stock panel. I set that aside to dry--that's an important step (ask me how I know)--while I stamped the bird and flower images in Tuxedo Black onto Whisper White Card Stock.

While those images dried, I adhered the main image panel to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat. I wrapped a length of Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon around these pieces and the adhered them to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the "Ribbon of Courage" stamp set in Tuxedo Black onto Whisper White Card Stock and set that aside to dry. While those images dried, I colored the bird and flowers with Light and Dark Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends. Then I cut the images out with the Garden Scene Framelits. I adhered these pieces to the main image with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Finally, I cut the sentiment pieces with an oval Stitched Shapes Framelit and cut scalloped ovals from Basic Black Card Stock with one of the Layering Ovals Framelits. I adhered the sentiment piece to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I hope you've enjoyed my recap of the Stampin' Up OnStage Live event and seeing some of my swap cards. I have one more of my swap cards to share on Monday--the one I swapped with the Creation Station Design Team members. 

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you again on Monday!













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$49.00

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Black and White Elegance

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   One of my favorite swaps to participate in at Stampin' Up events is the black-and-white-only swap. There's something so elegant about a card that's just black and white. I honestly had a little trouble thinking about what I was going to create for this swap, and then, as sometimes happens, I had a bolt of inspiration hit me! I would use the Detailed Floral Thinlits! Here's how my card turned out.

And here's how to make the card. I started with a 4-1/4" by 5-1/2" Basic Black Card Stock panel and ran it through the Big Shot with the Detailed Floral Thinlits. Since I don't have the Precision Plate, I ran the thinlit through three times! Your Big Shot Brush and Foam Mat are your BFF's for this detailed thinlit. They really help getting all the shards out of the card stock and out of the framelit. I also use a special tool that I created myself--I open up a paper clip and use the end to punch out the stuck card stock pieces. (It also doubles as a toothpick--don't ask me how I know!) 

I wrapped a length of Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon around the center of the die-cut and then secured it to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base with some strategically placed Glue Dots.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the "Love What You Do" stamp set in Tuxedo Basic Black Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock. I cut that out with one of the Layering Circles Framelits. I also cut a scalloped Basic Black Card Stock circle from the same set of framelits. I adhered the sentiment to the scalloped circle and then used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the card. Boom!

Tomorrow's card is my swap for the black and white and a pop of color swap! Come on back and see it!









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Glue Dots
[103683]
$5.25



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Deepest Sympathy

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #onstage2018   Today's card is one I made for a sympathy card swap at Stampin' Up's OnStage2018 event in Orlando.  I joined this swap because I am unfortunately always in need of sympathy cards and I never seem to have any on hand when I need one. I was hoping to get some fresh ideas for sympathy cards from other stampers who participated in the swap--and I was not disappointed. I'll share some of those cards in the coming weeks.

My card uses products from the Graceful Glass Suite on pages 164 and 165 of the annual catalog. I love all the elements in that suite--and they make such elegant cards.
I started by coloring the back side of a piece of Graceful Glass Designer Vellum. I used Light Old Olive and Light Pineapple Grove Stampin' Blends to color some of the elements. I set that aside to dry while I worked on other parts of the card. 

I used the Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment from the "Painted Glass" set onto a 3" by 4-1/4" Whisper White Panel with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I set that piece aside to dry, too. The Stamparatus made making 15 cards so quick and easy!

I used one of the Stained Glass Thinlits Dies to cut the lattice from a 2" by 4" piece of Basic Black Card Stock. The Big Shot Die Brush and Foam Pad made removing the pieces from the card stock so much easier!

When the stamped Whisper White panel was dry, I wrapped the lattice piece around the bottom--just like it was a piece of ribbon--and adhered it to the back of the card. Then I adhered this piece to a 3-1/8" by 4-3/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat.

Next, I adhered a 3-3/4" by 5" Heather Highland panel to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Whisper White mat. I then wrapped a length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around before adhering the center assembly to a Gorgeous Grape Card Stock card base. 

I adhered the colored vellum to the card with four strategically place Glue Dots. I'm pleased with how elegant this card turned out. I hope the folks I swapped with like the card, too!

Tomorrow I'll be sharing a card made for a black and white swap. Come on back and see what I have in store for you!












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Glue Dots
[103683]
$5.25
Stamparatus
[146276]
$49.00

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Best Route Masculine Swap Card

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #onstage2018   One of the best things to do when you attend a Stampin' Up event is to swap cards. You get so many ideas from a variety of stampers--and you get samples of cards made with stamp sets that you might not own. This time, I participated in five organized swaps. That means that I signed up for a spot in a swap group and made a set number of cards. You can also swap in general swaps--swap with any of the attendees--but I didn't have time to make more than my 76 cards for the five organized swaps I participated in. Do you think 76 cards is a lot? It is! But I'm a piker compared to some of the demonstrators who swap 100, 200, or more!

I made today's card for a masculine card swap. We all need cards for the men in our lives, but sometimes it's hard to make a card without flowers or ribbon or other doodads, right? My card is made with products from the Best Route Suite on pages 52 and 53 of the annual catalog.

I embossed a 3-3/4" by 5" Blueberry Bushel Card Stock mat with the Maps Etc. Embossing Folder. I adhered that to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Pineapple Grove Card Stock panel and then onto a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base.

Next, made a banner from a 1" strip of Best Route Designer Series Paper using the Banner Triple Punch. I adhered that to the back of a 3" by 4" piece of Best Route DSP and onto the card. I adhered a 1/2" by 2" strip of another piece of Best Route DSP to the card front.

I stamped the map image and sentiment from the "En Route" stamp set in Pineapple Grove and Blueberry Bushel Inks onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with a square Stitched Shapes Framelit. I adhered this to a larger Pineapple Grove Card Stock square, also cut with a Stitched Shapes Framelit. I adhered this element to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish the card, I added two of the cute Best Route Enamel Shapes to the card.

I think this would be a great card for a teen-aged or young adult guy, don't you?

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow to see another of my card swaps.













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