Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Comfort & Healing

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ublueunwind   I didn't buy the "Petal Palette" stamp set and matching Petals & More Thinlits when it was in the Occasions Catalog, so I'm thrilled that it carried over to the current Annual Catalog! It's a great, all-occasion set. I love the soft images and sentiments. I was also thrilled to see that Ceal Pritchett had used this stamp set and thinlits for our Unwind Blue retreat shoebox swap!!
Ceal did a lot of the work for us--not the least of which was designing the card and preparing the various card parts! She stamped the floral image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock and cut it out with the matching Petals & More Thinlit. Ceal also colored the image with Light and Dark Pool Party Stampin' Blends and Light and Dark Old Olive Stampin' Blends.

We stamped the leaf images three times in Smoky Slate Ink onto a 4" by 5-1/4" Whisper White mat. We adhered the floral image to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. We stamped a sentiment from the "Flourishing Phrases" stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then adhered everything to a Smoky Slate Card Stock card base. Isn't this beautiful?! Thanks, Ceal!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A Special Note of Thanks

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #ublueunwind   I'm a Stampin' Up gal through and through. I know there are plenty of amazing stamp and ink companies out there, but I stick to the one company I started with. I fell in love with Stampin' Up because everything coordinates so well together--the stamps, the framelits, the punches, the inks, the cardstock, the designer series paper, the embellishments. I love it when things match--that makes it so easy for me to design and create. I'm not at all saying that other companies don't do the same--but I started with Stampin' Up and Stampin' Up has always met my paper crafting needs.

So, today's card is out of the norm for me. I does use some non-Stampin' Up products, but, I'm going to tell you how to re-create this card with Stampin' Up schtuff. So let's see this beautiful card that was designed by Pam Dye and that we made at the shoebox swap at Lydia Fiedler's Unwind Retreat.

For this card, we brushed three pastel colors of distress inks onto a Whisper White Card Stock card front. If you'd like to re-create it, I suggested softly sponging on Powder Pink, Balmy Blue, and Pineapple Punch Classic Inks. Overlap the pink and blue to get some purple; overlap the blue and yellow to get some green; overlap the yellow and pink to get some orange. Easy peasy!

Pam had precut a 4-1/4" by 5" Whisper White overlay using the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies. We stamped a sentiment from the matching "Floral Phrases" stamp set in Basic Gray Ink onto this piece. I adhered my detailed overlay to the card base using strategically placed Glue Dots.

This card is gorgeous. I'm so glad Pam gave us the parts--and technique--to make it!! Now you get out your supplies and make it, too! If you need to order the supplies, just click on the thumbnails below and you'll go straight to my Stampin' Up online store!

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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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