Friday, July 10, 2020

Textured Hello

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I've got another cute card for you today that uses the wonderful In Good Taste Designer Series Paper that I'm in love with. There are so many textures in this paper and it is so versatile that I reach for it for almost every card. Take a look at the set of papers.

Today's card mixes the petal pink sheet with one of the wood grain sheets and uses a sentiment from the "Tasteful Touches" stamp set.
I started with a 4" by 5-1/4" Whisper White Card Stock panel and adhered two 1-1/4" by 2" wood grain pieces and two 1-1/4" by 2" petal pink textures pieces from the In Good Taste DSP. Then I adhered the panel to a Petal Pink Card Stock card base.

I stamped a sentiment from the "Tasteful Touches" stamp set in Early Espresso Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with one of the Tasteful Labels Dies. I adhered a length of Early Espresso Faux Suede Trim to the back of the label and then adhered the label to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I finished the card by adding three Gilded Gems.

Remember, you can purchase the "Tasteful Touches" bundle (154098)--which is the stamp set and Tasteful Labels Dies--for 10% off the price of purchasing them separately. Or, you can just do what I did and order the entire In Good Taste Suite with just one item number (154147)!

Stay healthy! Stay safe! 

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Texas Bluebells

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations  I have a fun technique to share with you today. I learned this from Lydia Fiedler over at the Understand Blue blog. Lydia is an extraordinary artist and mentor and she always encourages me to create outside my box. Today's technique is one of those times where I had to get messy and make mistakes and then made a little bit of art.

I don't remember what Lydia called this technique, if she even had a name for it. But here's how it goes. Start by gathering several cotton swabs and binding them together with a rubber band, like this. (You'll see that I've already used these swabs.)

Then use your water-fill Stampin' Spritzer to wet a piece of Watercolor Paper. You'll want to get it fairly wet, but not dripping. Then dab your cotton swabs into whatever ink you want and then onto the wet Watercolor Paper. I used Pacific Point, Highland Heather, and Crushed Curry to make the tops of my Texas Bluebells. And I used a Water Painter to paint in some Old Olive stems.

As this piece was drying (and I probably used my Heat Tool to speed it along), I cut a Highland Heather Card Stock frame with one of the Ornate Layers Dies. I also embossed a 4" by 5-1/4" piece of Granny Apple Green Card Stock with the Subtle Embossing Folder. I wrapped a length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle around that before adhering it to a Purple Posy Card Stock card base.

To finish the card, I used a Stitched Rectangle Die to cut out my bluebells and stamped a sentiment from the "Free as a Bird" stamp set in Highland Heather Ink at the top. I adhered that to the ornate frame and then adhered the frame to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Every once in a while I like stamping outside my box, and I'm so grateful to Lydia for her encouragement and mentorship!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Beautiful Journey

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   If you like vintage designs then Stampin' Up's World of Good Suite on pages 24 through 26 of the annual catalog is the suite for you! The font for the sentiments in the "Beautiful World" stamp set is simply gorgeous--as are the images. And the World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper is awesome! I love the new Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder--it adds such interest to a card. Take a look!
This card's design is simple, but the variety of elements make it special! I started by embossing a 4" by 5-1/4" Crumb Cake Card Stock panel with the Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder. I adhered this to an Early Espresso Card Stock card base. Next, I added a 3" by 4" piece of the World of Good Specialty DSP. The subtle writing on this pieces adds even more texture.

I stamped the quill image in Bumblebee Ink onto Very Vanilla Card Stock and cut it out with the matching World Map Die. I stamped the inkwell in Soft Suede Ink onto Very Vanilla cut it out with its matching World Map Die, too. I adhered these to the card with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

Next, I stamped a sentiment from the "Beautiful World" stamp set in Early Espresso Ink onto Very Vanilla card stock and cut it out with one of the Tasteful Labels Dies. I cut a Misty Moonlight Card Stock label with another of these dies. And I cut two curlicues from Gold Foil using another of the World Map Dies. I adhered the sentiment piece to the Misty Moonlight piece and the curlicues to the back of the Misty Moonlight piece and then I adhered everything to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

You can purchase the "Beautiful World" stamp set and coordinating World Map Dies together in a bundle, saving you 10% off the price of purchasing them individually. Or, you can order the entire World of Good Suite with one item code (154140). Just click on the "shop now" button over there on the right side of my blog and you'll go directly to my online store.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

You Can Do This

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   You know, I never really liked the color green. But I think I have a kind of color-blindness. It's not that I can't see colors, it's that I really don't differentiate. Let me explain. I have a "crayon box theory" that I've been working on that I think tells something about a person's personality. Some people want to have the 64 crayon box. (When I was growing up, that set was the bomb--with the sharpener in the back? Yes, please!) But others are content with the 8 or 16 crayon box. And my BFF is the one who wants the super mega awesome 152 crayon box. And even though I coveted that 64 crayon box as a kid, I really only used a few colors. I'm satisfied with the 4 crayon box that they give out to kids in a restaurant. Want pink? Color lightly with the red. Want brown? Color with the green and red and yellow. So when I think of green, I'm thinking of that 4 crayon box--and I'm not that fond of the color, but I'll make do with it. The personality part, simply is this: I'm decisive, so I don't need a lot of choices. My BFF loves to have a lot of choices and she's, well, not as decisive as I am. Does this ring true to you?

Being a stamper has opened my eyes to a wide array of colors. Why, I have 12 different greens in my ink pad carousel! And I honestly love them all--even Garden Green, which took years for me to come to love. But let me tell you, our new In Color, Just Jade is the bomb! I love this color! And I'm also super-duper in love with the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper with all those greens! Look!

I made this simple card with products from the Forever Greenery Suite on pages 108 to 110 of the annual catalog. That suite is also the bomb!!

I started by adhering a 1-1/2" by 5-1/2" strip of the Forever Greenery DSP to a 1-3/4" by 5-1/2" Whisper White Card Stock strip and then adhering that to a Just Jade Card Stock card base. I used the Forever Flourishing Dies to cut greenery elements from Soft Sea Foam, Shaded Spruce, and Pretty Peacock Card Stock. I arranged these on the card, adhering them with strategically placed Mini Glue Dots.

I tied a bow of the gold cord from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack and let the ends fray. I adhered that on top of the greenery elements with another Mini Glue Dot.

Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the "Forever Fern" stamp set in Garden Green Ink onto a 3/4" by 2-1/2" strip of Whisper White Card Stock and adhered it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Look at all that beautiful green!

I love everything in the Forever Greenery Suite and I know you will, too. You can purchase the entire suite with one item number (154143) or you can purchase the "Forever Fern" stamp set and Forever Flourishing Dies in a bundle, saving 10% off purchasing them separately.

I have seen the light! Have I convinced you that green--all kinds of green--is a wonderful color?

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

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