Monday, April 22, 2019

Fancy Country

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   #OnStageTelford2019   Oh my goodness! I have been so neglectful of my blog this year. I've been knitting traveling lazy in a creative funk. Does that ever happen to you? Well, I got recharged at Stampin' Up's OnStage event in Telford, England! Yes, England!  I was on a business trip in England in the early part of April, so I stayed a couple extra days to attend the Telford OnStage event with my British stampin' pals! It was so much fun and I came away with lots of inspiration. And lots of goodies! Look at all the fab new Stampin' Up products and the gifts I got from Mikaela Titheridge and her team the Stampin' Stylettes!!

At OnStage we got to see the new Stampin' Up catalog--which you are going to LOVE!--and we got to play with new products from the catalog. Yay! Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be showing some of the new products and I'll be showing some retiring products as well. If there's something in the current catalog that you want, make sure to get it before supplies run out--or before the new catalog price increase. Now would be a good time to stock up on inks and card stock, too.

Since I was traveling before the OnStage event, I couldn't carry a whole lot of stampin' stuff with me, so I only signed up for one organized swap which was for fancy cards. Oh my gosh! I got some incredible cards in that swap. I'll be showing them in the next few weeks, too. But how about taking a look at my fancy swap card? All of the products (except one) are carrying over to the new catalog!

I stamped the main image from the "Country Home" stamp set in Tuxedo Memento Black Ink onto a Whisper White panel that I cut with one of the Stitched Rectangles Dies. I colored the image with Light and Dark Smoky Slate, Light and Dark Old Olive, Light and Dark Daffodil Delight, Light and Dark Crumb Cake, and Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends. I colored the cotton with Clear Wink of Stella.

I adhered that piece to a larger Old Olive Card Stock panel that I cut with another of the Stitched Rectangles Dies. I wrapped a length of the retiring Old Olive Linen Thread around these pieces and used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the assembly to a So Saffron Card Stock mat that I embossed with the Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder. I adhered this to a Soft Suede Card Stock card base. (FYI: Although the Old Olive Linen Thread is retiring, there will be a ribbon combo pack with Mossy Meadow Linen Thread in the new catalog.)

Finally, I stamped the "simply thankful" sentiment in Cherry Cobbler Ink onto a Whisper White scrap and used my Paper Snips to fussy cut the image. I adhered this to the card with a combination of regular and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

Come back tomorrow for a sneak peek at something that Stampin' Up rarely gives us an insight into!!

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Creation Station: Gingham Style

#stampinup   #creationstation   #faithfulinkspirations   Hey everyone! Isn't our April banner amazing?! It was created by our design team member Liz Price. She's so creative--and so clever! 

When I was thinking of this month's creation, I knew I was going to use the pretty Gingham Gala 6" by 6" Designer Series Paper, but I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. Then an idea popped into my head. When I think of gingham, I think of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Her blue gingham pinafore is just the cutest thing. So I recreated Dorothy for you. 

I thought you might like to see a peek behind the curtain (get it?) at my creative process. Here's my prototype design.

I stamped the various parts "Dorothy" from the "Hand Delivered" host set onto the Gingham Gala paper and fussy cut the pieces. I adhered them to the image I stamped onto a Whisper White panel. I made myself some notes and then I made the actual card.

For the final product, I used the largest Stitched Rectangle Framelit to cut the Whisper White panel. I used the Stamparatus to get the sentiment placed just right--it's from the "Incredible Like You" stamp set and stamped in Balmy Blue. I stamped the bottom half of the girl in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, and I stamped the top part of the image in Daffodil Delight Ink, so it was very light on the background in case the fussy cut balloons didn't quite fit. However, I found that the smallest circle framelit from the Layering Circles set was just about the right size, so several of the balloons on the finished project are cut with that. I used a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to draw in the balloon strings. And I colored in her belt with a Light Balmy Blue Stampin' Blend.

I layered the panel onto a 4-3/8" by 5-5/8" piece of black and white checked Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (left over from Sale-a-Bration) and then adhered everything to a Balmy Blue Card Stock Card base. I used some extra Gingham Gala DSP to decorate the envelope.

To finish the card, I added three Grapefruit Grove Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins. And then I colored "Dorothy's" shoes with a Light Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blend and Clear Wink of Stella--so she'd have some ruby red slippers!

I hope you enjoyed my project. It was fun to make! Now use the "next" button and see what our next design team member has in store for you!!

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Creation Station: Birds, Butterflies, and Blossoms

#stampinup   #creationstation   #saleabration2019 #faithfulinkspirations   Welcome to our international blog hop. If you're hopping along, you'll have just come from Julie Beltramo's amazing project.  Although our theme is all about springtime, the weather here in Maryland has reverted to January. We had snow on Friday and we're going to have more today! I'm not complaining--I love snow--but I've been hibernating more this winter than in the past and my stamping has suffered from it. But, never fear! I have two quick and easy projects to share with you.

First, though, I want to show you something. When I arrived in my stamping room I hoped for inspiration to hit. Sometimes it does and sometimes I have to work for it. I worked for it today. And here's the "craftermath"!!

That doesn't show the floor and the cutting station--those were a mess, too. But I cleaned up after I took this photo. I like to have all my stamping stuff in its rightful place so I can find it the next time.

I just got a shipment from Stampin' Up and I had earned a Level 2 Sale-a-Bration item, so I chose the gorgeous Painted Seasons bundle. I also earned a Level 1 Sale-a-Bration item so I added the Country Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder. I had every intention of using these together in a coordinating project, but that didn't work out. So you get two uncoordinated projects--both are really simple to make. 

First up is a decorated Sweet Cup. I used the Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper to decorate the cup. That paper is super gorgeous--and a design for each season.
Next, I made a tag to go with the Sweet Cup. I stamped the flower and succulent from the "Painted Seasons" stamp set in Calypso Coral and Petal Pink onto a 2" strip of Whisper White that I turned into a tag. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and rounded the ends with the Envelop Punch Board. I stamped a sentiment in Call Me Clover from the "Incredible Like You" stamp set.

I tied the tag onto the Sweet Cup with a long length of Whisper White Flax Ribbon. I adhered two Call Me Clover Tinted Faceted Buttons to the tag, using Glue Dots. Then I added a Pearl Basic Jewel to the center of each button.
Since I wasn't able to use the Country Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder (and believe me, I tried!), I decided to make another project. I originally thought to do a white on white card, but I decided to add a little bit of color. This card grew organically--which means it took on its own design and didn't turn out at all like what I thought I was making when I started!!

I started with a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base, cut lengthwise. Then I embossed a 3-3/8" by 4-5/8" Whisper White Panel with the Country Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder. I adhered this to a 3-3/4" by 4-3/4" Fresh Fig Card Stock mat. I adhered that to a 4" by 5-1/4" Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper printed vellum sheet. I wrapped a length of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around, tying it in a pretty bow, and then adhered everything to the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.
On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from the "All Things Thanks" stamp set in Fresh Fig Ink and added two flowers from the "Painted Seasons" set in Petal Pink.
I hope you enjoyed my projects and the beautiful blossoms that can be found in all kinds of Stampin' Up products--stamps, designer series paper, and even embossing folders! Your next stop is the very talented Kerstin Kreuzer from Germany!

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