Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hooray for Cheerful Critters

I've been playing with my Blendabilities lately--trying to get the hang of them. You see, I don't like to color. I know that's hard to believe for someone who stamps, but it's true. I'm never satisfied with the way my color looks--not with markers or even crayons. I guess I'm my own worst critic. 

All that changed when Stampin' Up introduced it's line of alcohol-based ink markers--Blendabilities. These markers lay down smooth color that blends! I think that's what I didn't like about markers and crayons--they don't blend.

PSA: Stampin' Up just suspended their line of Blendabilities due to manufacture quality issues. This makes me a little bit mad and a big bit sad. But I have to say what I always say about Stampin' Up: this company sells quality merchandise. They will not sell anything that isn't up to their high quality standards. I'm sure this quality issue will soon be rectified and the awesome Blendabilities will offered again soon!!

When I saw the "Cheerful Critters" stamp set, I knew it would be on my first order from the Occasions catalog. Those little dudes are so cute!! And when I saw this week's Fab Friday sketch challenge, I knew this could be a match made in heaven

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Channeling My Inner Lyssa

One of my stamping heroes, Lyssa Zwolanek, has been featuring a bunch of cards using the ombre technique. These types of cards are so easy to do and look so wonderful when you're finished! You should check out Lyssa's creations on her blog: Song of My Heart Stampers.

So, when I saw this week's color combo challenge on the Create with Connie & Mary challenge blog, I knew that I would be channeling my inner Lyssa!


First of all I have to say something about a couple of ink colors. There's something about Real Red that has made me call it the "devil color." I think its possessed! I get it on my fingers without knowing it and then everything I touch--especially an almost finished perfectly stamped card--gets Real Red on it. Oy. And when I use Real Red at a stamping event, well, let's just say the color gets on everyone and everything.

I've recently discovered that Blackberry Bliss is also a "devil color." I can't tell you how many times I stamped the sentiment for this card and got it perfectly aligned using the stamp-a-ma-jig only to find a tiny finger print somewhere on the panel. And there's ink all over the outside of the ink pad. What?!

So, let this serve as a warning: Use extreme caution when stamping with Real Red and Blackberry Bliss since both these colors want to get all over you and everything else!!

The main image on this card is punched with the Petite Petals punch--it's one of my faves! I also like how it coordinates with the little flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. Add a basic pearl to the center and you've got some super cute flowers!! The sentiment is from the "Apothecary Art" stamp set. I can hardly make a card without some ribbon and I love, love, love Stampin' Up's 1/4" cotton ribbon--I have it in every color, including Blushing Bride.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Ombre Baby Bumblebee

Oh my gosh! The sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog is so simple that it almost threw me for a loop. What in the world would I do with that??!!

Then I took a look at the wonderful cards the design team created and I saw that the sketch was almost anything goes--as long as it had the ribbon element at the top and remained clean and simple!!

I've been dying to use the totes adorbs "Baby Bumblebee" stamp with my Blendabilities. I thought this stamp would be really cute with an ombre-style using the light, medium, and dark of any Blendabilities set. I chose to use Calypso Coral--because I just got them in an order!! I also used the Skin Tone Blendabilities on the baby's face and wings.

I love, love, love the Calypso Coral seam binding ribbon, so I simply attached a length to the top of the card and tied a simple knot in the middle. I used a glue dot to pull the center of the ribbon down a little bit...just 'cause I wanted to see how that would look.

This card was so quick to pull together and I think it's really cute!! What do you think??

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Nacho Color Challenge Birthday

When I first saw the color combo on this week's Nacho Average Challenge blog, I thought that I couldn't come up with anything. These colors just weren't calling to me. But I persevered and thought outside my comfortable box.

I started with a Tangelo Twist card base and added a Basic Gray panel. Then I went in search of some DSP in Crush Curry. The Best Year Ever DSP that you can earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a qualifying purchase has a sweet Crushed Curry sheet.

I tried a little something different: I punch a tag from the DSP using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Next, I punched another tag in Whisper White and stamped three balloons from the "Balloon Bash" set in the Nacho color combo. I added a sentiment from the "And Many More" set in Basic Gray to the DSP label. 

I added a Tangelo Twist Ribbon and some Basic Rhinestones to finish the design.

I think these colors are masculine enough to use for a man's birthday card--even with the ribbon and bling!

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