Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Koala Kutie

Someone at the #InspireCreateShare2014 Stampin' Up! convention gave me a stamped image of the "Kind Koala" a la carte stamp. I've had it sitting on my desk wondering what I might do with it. My unknown friend had colored in the flower with Real Red Stampin' Write marker, so that set my color theme. I cut down the image and mounted it onto a Basic Black panel. I picked a piece of Real Red card stock from my "scraps" pile and thought the non-standard size would be a neat mat. I embossed it with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.

When I'd placed the koala onto the embossed piece and then tried it on the Basic Gray card base, there was just too much open space. Ah! I remembered I had some Real Red candy dots an those were just the ticket! I think my little koala card is kinda kute. (See what I did there?)

(Stamp Set: Kind Koala; Ink: Black Stazon; Card Stock: Basic Gray, Real Read, Basic Black, Smoky Slate; Accessories: Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, Real Red Candy Dots)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Retro Thank You

Wow! It's been a long time since I've played along with the Retro Sketches challenge blog. I can't let that happen again. I love the sketches here and the great artwork of the Retro Sketches design team! Here's this week's sketch.

I wanted to use the "Watercolor Thank You" a la carte stamp in a different way--well, different than using a color wash background. I had a piece of the diagonal striped "Typeset" DSP on my desk and thought that would fill the bill nicely. I noticed the sketch had the sentiment under the two squares, so I pulled out my fave sentiment from the "Timeless Talk" set. I thought it was ironic to have a BIG thank you as the main image and a tiny "Thanks BIG Time!" sentiment. I had to add some bling, too. I just couldn't help myself!

I'd be thrilled if you would leave me a comment and tell me what you think of my design!

(Stamp Sets: Watercolor Thank You, Timeless Talk; Ink: Black Stazon; Card Stock: Real Red, Very Vanilla; DSP: Typeset Specialty Paper; Accessories: Basic Rhinestones)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ridiculously Amazing BFF BD

My BFF lbirus got me started stamping. She's awesome! She's so creative. Me? I'm not as creative, so it's always a challenge to make just the right card for her. For this year's birthday, I had to rely on the awesome stampers who post their work on Splitcoast Stampers. I found an amazing card that I simply had to CASE for my BFF. The original card was made by Carrie Rhoades and you can see her creation here.

This is the card I made for my BFF.

(Stamp Set: Amazing Birthday; Inks: Rose Red, Strawberry Slush, Hello Honey; Card Stock: Hello Honey, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush; DSP: Gold Glimmer Specialty Series; Accessories: Banner Framelits Collection; 1-11/4" Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch, Fringe Scissors, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Baker's Twine, Rose Red, Strawberry Slush, Hello Honey Stampin' Write Markers, Dots and Stripes Decorative Mask, Sponge Daubers)

I loved the way Carrie used the striped template from the Dots and Stripes Decorative Mask to make the customized striped background. I used a dot of Snail Adhesive on the back of my Whisper White panel and aligned everything on my grid paper so that the stripes would be straight. I used sponge daubers and applied each color separately, cleaning the template between colors (ask me how I know).

When I finished the card I realized that it wouldn't fit into an A2 envelope, so I used the envelope punch board to make a custom envelop (which I didn't photograph--sorry).

Friday, September 12, 2014

TUTORIAL: Mini Magazine Card Holder

As promised, here's the picture tutorial for making the mini magazine card holders. Here's the finished product.

(Stamp Set: Watercolor Winter Too; Ink: Mossy Meadow; Card Stock: Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla; DSP: Under the Tree Specialty Paper; Accessory: Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon)

Start with an 11"x12" piece of cardstock. I used the card stock-weight "Under the Tree" specialty designer series paper from the Holiday mini catalog.

On the 11" side, score at 4-1/2" and 6-1/2". Rotate and score at 6" and 10-1/2".

Cut both the 6" and 10-1/2" sides up to the vertical score lines and stop. (You will do a better job of actually cutting long the line than I did. Ha!)


On the bigger flaps at the top, mark 1/2" on from each of the vertical score lines. Mark 2-1/4" inch from the first horizontal score line.

Cut along the diagonal (from the 1/2" mark to the 2-1/4" mark) on both sides.

Score both lower flaps at 2-1/4".

Cut 1/4" off both lower flaps.

Turn the piece over so that the right (outside) is up. Place two strips of sticky tape along the narrow flaps at the very bottom of your piece.

Two scored middle flap will fold over the narrow strip from the bottom, making a "box." Step one: adhere the narrow strip to the side.


Step two: On the inside of the "box," add sticky strip along the edges of the flap that will fold over your box. Fold and adhere.

Add a strip of sticky tape inside the box along the top of the long edge and one down the back of the box, perpendicular to the first piece of sticky strip.

Fold the large diagonally cut flaps up and adhere them to the inside of the "box."

Now your mini magazine holder is ready to decorate!

Before I leave, I want to show you how cool the photopolymer stamps are. You can bend them when you apply them to the acrylic blocks. Here's what the "Watercolor Winter Too" stamps look like in their "natural" state.

Watercolor Winter Too Photopolymer Stamp Set
All Images ©Stampin’ Up!

But here's how you can bend them to make a curved greeting (I left the ink on the stamp so you could see it better.) How cool is that?

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Please let me know if you have any questions. And let me know if you see anything else on the blog (past or future) that you'd like a tutorial for!!

NEW!! Tutorials on Faithful INKspirations

I've just added a new tab to the Faithful INKspirations blog for tutorials!! I don't have many tutorials there yet, but I'll be adding some in the weeks to come.

I had a brief flash of brilliance and thought that it would be easier for my blog followers to find the tutorials if they were all grouped into one tab instead of scrolling through pages and pages of blog posts. 

So when you're looking for INKspiration, please check out the TUTORIALS tab at the top of the blog.

I hope to post the mini magazine holder tutorial in the next few days!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fresh Kindness

The sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog this week is pretty straight-forward, right?

But the thing is with these "minimalist" sketches, they're deceivingly hard. Well, for me, anyway. It's hard to know when you've got just the right balance between image, color, and embellishments. 

I started off with the sunburst from the "Kinda Eclectic" stamp set and plopped it right at the top/middle of a Whisper White panel. (I can't tell you how thrilled I was--thrilled, I tell ya--that the image came out in the perfect spot!!) And then I stared and stared at that big Hello Honey sunburst for quite a while. I knew the sketch had a horizontal stripe at the bottom. Add DSP? Nothing seemed quite right. A row of stamped images? That's a recipe for an alignment nightmare. Since I was planning to mount the Whisper White panel on a Mossy Meadow panel and then onto a Hello Honey card, I pulled out the Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon and used both as my horizontal piece.

But that big, ol' Hello Honey starburst kept staring back at me! I took a deep breath and stamped the sentiment right on top, hoping for another miracle that the image would be in just the right spot. It's not quite--but it's close enough for government work a wonderfully hand-stamped card!

I added a row of Basic Rhinestones, but I thought the card needed a little something else. I inked up the smallest butterfly image in Blackberry Bliss and stamped it off a couple of times for one butterfly and then stamped the second one (4th generation). I like that the butterfly came out a little smudgy--it looks like it was water-colored...a happy accident.

(Stamp Set: Kinda Eclectic; Inks: Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss; Card Stock: Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White; Accessories: Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Bitty Butterfly Punch)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

That'll Teach Me To Stamp in a White Blouse!

Disaster struck as I was making my card for this week's Fab Friday sketch challenge. I mounted my clear mount stamp on the block, tapped it into some Cherry Cobbler ink, turned it to stamp onto the Typeset DSP panel, and the stamp fell off the block onto my white blouse. Oy. I sprayed it with some Stampin' Mist which spread the stain. So I grabbed some Stazon Remover and ran to the sink. I rinsed and scrubbed and used Stazon Remover and a laundry stain stick and I think I've gotten it down to a dull pink that might not be too noticeable. That'll teach me!

Then when I came back to the stamping room, I saw that when I'd chucked the stamp, it had landed on the panel that I was attempting to stamp on. Really??!! Out with the Gorgeous Grunge...the "eraser" of all stray marks. I grunged up my panel with Cherry Cobbler and Basic Gray stamped off twice before applying to the main image.

Here's the wonderful sketch from Fab Friday.

And here's the disaster-causing card I made. I think everything turned out in the end. (I just hope my blouse turns out OK in the end, too!)
(Stamp Sets: Timeless Talk, Gorgeous Grunge; Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray; Card Stock: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler; DSP: Typeset; Accessories: Very Vanilla Seam Binding)

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