Friday, July 29, 2016

Textured Birthday

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   In yesterday's post I shared a dilemma that I often face when I purchase a "must have" stamp set. Sometimes when it arrives in my home, I have forgotten what I'd planned to create with it and it will sit on the shelf waiting patiently for some ink.

"Timeless Textures" was a "must have" stamp set that I neglected for far, too long! I did some Pinterest diving and found inspiration for yesterday's card. Today's card was inspired by a card created by jadoherty on

I CASEd (copy and share everything) jadoherty's use of the various textures in the "Timeless Textures" set. The three horizontal textures are stamped in Mint Macaron onto a Whisper White panel. The splatters and "coffee ring" are stamped in Dapper Denim. I'm really loving this color combo!!

The sentiment is from my favorite single stamp from the 2016-17 Stampin' Up catalog:  "Stylized Birthday" and it's stamped in Dapper Denim, too. 

I adhered the stamped panel onto a Dapper Denim mat and then onto a Mint Macaron card base. For a finishing touch, I added three silver sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment using my favorite Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

This card makes me so happy! You could create a stack of these in no time flat! I think this would be super adorable in Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral!

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Textured Sympathy

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Have you ever looked through the Stampin' Up catalog and found a set that you had to have, right this minute? And then you order it and it arrives at your house and you wonder what in the world you were thinking of doing with it? Yeah, me, too!

The "Timeless Textures" stamp set was the one calling my name when the last Stampin' Up catalog came out. I didn't get it right away. But it kept calling and calling and finally I got it. And then I never used it because I couldn't figure out what to do with it. I usually have an idea in my mind of a card I want to create as I'm ordering a stamp set, but by the time I got around to actually getting this one, I had NO idea.

Pinterest to the rescue! I searched for cards that use this set and I'm sharing one today and one tomorrow that I've CASEd (copy and share everything) from some amazing stampers. Today's card is inspired by UK stamper Julia Jordan.

I started with a Very Vanilla panel and stamped one of the textures from the "Timeless Textures" set in Delightful Dijon along the side. Next, I stamped the stem and flowers from one of the designs in the "Wild About Flowers" set in Basic Black Archival Ink. I dried this with my heat tool to make sure the black ink was set before mounting it to a Basic Black mat. 

I tied a length of Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine at the bottom and adhered it to a Crumb Cake card base using Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the "Rose Wonder" set and is stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink.

This card came together quickly and I think it makes for an elegant sympathy card.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Not Quite Christmas in July

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   The color combination for this week's Fab Friday color challenge is perfect for a Christmas card. Believe me, I was headed down that path... and then things took a sharp turn!

A while back while I was perusing Pinterest for ideas on how to use the "Kinda Eclectic" stamp set, I found this awesome card made by Heidi Boos and pinned it to my "Ideas to CASE" board. I thought Heidi's card would look great in the Fab Friday colors and that I could turn it into a Christmas card.

I started by stamping the sunburst stamp in Cherry Cobbler onto a Very Vanilla panel. I added a row of dots in Garden Green, stamped off once. I stamped the larger butterfly in Cherry Cobbler and the smaller butterfly in Garden Green onto a Very Vanilla scrap. I punched them out with the Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches and adhered them to the card with a Glue Dot. 

I adhered the stamped panel to a Garden Green mat and then onto a Cherry Cobbler card base. I went looking for a good Christmas greeting, tried several, didn't like any of them, and gave up. So instead of a Christmas card, I used the sentiment from the "Kinda Eclectic" set and added it in Garden Green to the bottom of the design. 

I added three gold sequins for some much needed bling to finish the card. So that's my story! I might try this design again with a Christmas tree from the "Peaceful Pines" set and hope for a great sentiment in the Holiday catalog that will come out on September first!!!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Love You in Pink

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I love this week's sketch on the Pals Paper Arts challenge blog. I actually have loved most of the sketches and color challenges--the Pals Paper Arts challenges are always fresh and exciting!

 PPA310 A sketch Challenge

I had to think for a bit about how I'd interpret this sketch and then I hit upon on idea! I pulled out some Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper and the "Scenic Sayings" stamp set and got to work! I stamped the "love" stamp in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Melon Mambo scrap and punched it out with the Sweetheart Punch. I punched another heart from Basic Black cardstock and adhered it to the Melon Mambo heart, as a shadow. Then, I stamped the "you" stamp in Melon Mambo ink onto a Whisper White scrap and punched that out with the Sweetheart Punch.

I adhered the striped piece of Pop of Pink DSP to a Basic Black mat and then onto a Melon Mambo card base. I arranged a Silver Metallic Foil Doily and the two punched-out hearts on the card. As a finishing touch, I added some of our NEW Enamel Shapes--Melon Mambo from the Brights Collection.

This card is super cute and was super easy to make!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Honey Bee

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I'd had an idea in my head for while to use a watercolor technique and the cute little bee from the "Pun Intended" stamp set. When I set out to make the card, I was so happy to find that it turned out just as I hoped it would!!

I started with a 2.5" square of watercolor paper. I used my water-filled Stampin' Spritzer to wet the paper down. You have to get the paper really wet for this technique. I squirted a few drops of Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, and Delightful Dijon reinkers into the lid of an embellishment container.  Then, I took a small paintbrush and picked up a drop of the reinker and placed the tip of the brush onto the wet watercolor paper. I let the colors flow wherever they wanted to go. I kept adding color or diluting the color with until I got a honeyed background.

I dried the paper using my Heat Tool because I'm too impatient for it to wait to dry naturally. Then I stamped the bee from the "Pun Intended" set in Basic Black Archival Ink on top of the watercolor paper. I added the "happy bee-day" sentiment to the corner, also in Basic Black Archival Ink.

I adhered the stamped image onto a slightly larger Basic Black square and then onto a slightly larger Delightful Dijon square. I added this to a Basic Black panel and tied a length of Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine around before adhering it to a Delightful Dijon card base, cut lengthwise, using Stampin' Dimensionals.

This card was really easy to make and despite my impatience over drying time--which I sped up--it only took a few minutes to make. I think it's adorable, if I do say so myself (and I do)!!

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