Monday, June 18, 2018

Undersea Adventure

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ublueunwind   The "Sea of Textures" stamp set is one that I probably would have flipped right on past if I hadn't seen it demonstrated at the OnStage event. It's an adorable set with some beautiful coordinating designer series paper. And take a look at that little aquarium in a box on page 154! That's adorable!!
Today's card was designed by Kristie Woodworth and it was one of the shoebox swaps we made at Lydia Fiedler's retreat in May. Kristie did a lot of the legwork for us--she stamped the octopus in Night of Navy onto Very Vanilla Card Stock and cut it out with the matching Under the Sea Framelit. She also cut out two of the sea grass shapes from DSP.

We stamped the sea grass images--and I added a sentiment--in Night of Navy onto a 4" by 5-1/4" piece of Tranquil Textures DSP and then adhered it to a Crumb Cake Card Stock card base.  We adhered the sea grass cut-outs directly to the card (I used Snail Adhesive) and adhered the octopus to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. We added a few Metallic Sequins using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

This was a really fun card to make and I love Kristie's design, don't you?!

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Easy As Pie

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ublueunwind   Last month, I was thrilled to attend Lydia Fiedler's Understand Blue Unwind retreat in Temple, Texas. I've been wanting to go to this retreat since I first heard about it and I promised myself that I would go someday. Well, I couldn't wait for "someday" so I just went ahead and went in May. (Not sure I can afford to go again in the near future, but I'll definitely go again.)

We had a blast fellowshipping and creating and eating and laughing. Stampers are the best people, ever. If you know a stamper, you know I'm not making that up. They are some of the kindest, funniest, creative souls you'll ever meet.

On the first night of our retreat, some of us participated in a shoebox swap. If you've never done a shoebox swap, you should look for one! Each participant creates a card that can be done in about 10 minutes and prepares all the supplies for the card, including the stamp set, inks, papers, embellishments and puts them into a shoebox. Today's card was designed by Michelle Brownstein and it's adorbs!! And it's as easy as pie to make. Here's how!
Michelle started with a Night of Navy Card Stock card base. She provided a 4-1/2" by 2-1/2 piece of Whisper White and the same size piece of Real Red Card Stock. We wrapped a length of the super cute Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon around these pieces and adhered them to the card base.

Michelle had pre-cut a 2-1/4" Crumb Cake scalloped circle and a 1-3/4" Crumb Cake circle that was embossed with the Basket Weave Embossing Folder. We adhered these to the card so that they looked like a freshly baked pie. I added a sentiment from the "Colorful Seasons" stamp set in Night of Navy. And that's it! Super cute and super quick and easy (just the way I like it)!!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Thinking of You

#stampinup    #faithfulinkspirations   When Stampin' Up debuted Tranquil Tide as one of its 2017-2019 In Colors, I didn't like it at all. I barely used it at first. But then I used it a couple of times and it began to grow on me. I was absolutely SOLD on this color when I received my box of supplies for the OnStage displays. There, in that wonderful box, was the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set and the lovely Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper. I also received a spool of Tranquil Tide Mini Ruffled Ribbon.

I decided to feature this gorgeous sheet of Nature's Poem DSP on the card front, but I didn't want it to get lost on a Tranquil Tide Card Stock card base. I first tried a Whisper White Card Stock mat, and while that was OK, it didn't WOW me. Then I got the idea to use an Early Espresso Card Stock mat and--BLAMMO!--that was the perfect combination!
To make the card, I started by stamping the wood image from the "Rooted in Nature" set in Crumb Cake Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock. It took me a couple of tries to get this image just right. It's one of Stampin' Up's new, exclusive Distinktive stamps. Watch the video at the end of the blog to get an idea of how to use them. You need to have just the right saturation of ink and just the right pressure. Watch Tanner put pressure in the center of the stamp and around the edges. I found it easiest to put the pointer and middle finger of each hand onto the center of the stamp to give it the right pressure. You'll get the hang of it--just practice--and you'll be so glad you did because the Distinktive stamps are gorgeous! 

Once I had this image stamped perfectly, I stamped a sentiment from the same set in Early Espresso on top of the wood image. I cut this out with a square Stitched Shapes Framelit and adhered it to an Early Espresso scalloped square cut with one of the Layering Squares Framelits.

Next, I adhered a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Nature's Poem DSP to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8 Early Espresso mat. I wrapped a length of the Tranquil Tide Mini Ruffled Ribbon around before adhering it to a Tranquil Tide Card Stock card base. I added the stamped image to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Such a quick and easy card, with bold colors and textures. Love!!

Here's the video explaining the Distinktive stamps. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Balloon Bouquet

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   The "Hand Delivered" host set in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog is too cute! Some folks (I won't name names) have taken to calling this the "topless lady" set. Woo-hoo! I love all the different tops and bottoms that you can put together for different looks and different occasions. And I'm actually having fun coloring the images using Stampin' Blends.

I stuck to the basics for today's card--simple design and mainly primary colors. I think this is the cutest birthday card, don't you?
I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a 3-3/4" by 5" piece of Thick Whisper White Card Stock. I used Light Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive Stampin' Blends Markers for the balloons and the outfit. I used the Bronze Stampin' Blend Marker to color this gal's hands and legs. I adhered this piece to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat and then onto a Daffodil Delight Card Stock card base.

I stamped the sentiment in Real Red Ink onto a Whisper White scrap and punched it out with the Classic Label Punch. Then I used my Paper Snips to cut out each word. I adhered the words to the card with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. I really love how this card turned out! 

I have a few more cards to share from this set in the next couple of weeks. I hope you'll check back each day to see what I have in store for you!

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