Wednesday, June 27, 2018

For the Bride

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I've been sharing the projects I made for the Stampin' Up OnStage display boards and today's card is the last of them. I really loved being a display stamper--it's fun to get new products before the catalog is released and before anyone else even sees them! But it's also a little scary because you're never really sure if your projects are "good enough." Well, I followed my own advice when someone has lost their stampin' mojo--just pick up an ink pad and any set and play around and see what happens. Some of my "see what happens" attempts didn't translate into cards, but I learned something from trying and I ended up with some pretty great projects, if I do say so myself (and I do).

Today's card is the last of four I made with the "Hand Delivered" host set. This one is perfect for a wedding or wedding shower. It was easy to align the stamps to make the image because the stamps are photopolymer. Using a Stamparatus would make it even easier! I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Thick Whisper White Card Stock mat. I colored it with a variety of Stampin' Blends: Light Pool Party, Light Rich Razzleberry, Light Old Olive, Light Daffodil Delight, Light Petal Pink, and Ivory. I adhered this to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black Card Stock mat and then onto a Rich Razzleberry Card Stock card base.

I stamped a sentiment from the set in Rich Razzleberry Ink onto a Whisper White scrap. I punched this out with the Classic Label Punch and snipped off the ends with my Paper Snips. I adhered the sentiment to the card with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

Here's the set of four cards I made for the display board. I was pleased with how they turned out (after a few "see what happens" attempts that ended up in the recycling bag).
I really enjoyed being a display stamper and I'd love to do it again--any time! (Hey, Stampin' Up, if you're listening: hint, hint, wink, wink.)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Just For You

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Sometimes I feel like I get into a card-making rut. I'm afraid I might be making the same card over and over. I know my layouts seem repetitive to me--but I hope that using different stamp sets and colors makes them seem fresh to you! Today's card is decidedly not the same layout I normally use. I let the size of the stamped image dictate the layout and I'm quite pleased with the result.
I started by stamping one of the trees from the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set onto a Whisper White panel. I used the Stamparatus to help with the image--I applied Tranquil Tide Ink to the top half of the tree and then stamped. I cleaned the stamp and then used a Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker to fill in the branches and trunk. I did this several times so that the brown was just as saturated as the green--and the Stamparatus was the perfect tool to accomplish this.

Once I'd stamped the image, I cut the card stock down to 2-7/8" by 3-7/8" and adhered it to a 2-3/4" by 3-3/4" Early Espresso mat. I wrapped a length of Linen Thread around this piece, securing it in the back.

Next, I stamped one of the leaf images from the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set in Soft Suede onto a Soft Suede Card Stock card base. I adhered a 2-3/4" by 3-3/4" piece of Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper  at an angle directly onto the card base and then I wrapped a length of Tranquil Tide Mini Ruffled Ribbon around the card front. And I adhered the stamped image to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

For a finishing touch, I stamped a sentiment from the "Wood Words" stamp set in Early Espresso onto a Crumb Cake Card Stock scrap and cut it out with one of the Wood Crate Framelits. I sponged some Early Espresso Ink around the edges of the tag and then tied a Linen Thread bow on it. I adhered this to the card with Glue Dots.

Like I said, I'm pretty pleased with how this outside-my-box card turned out. What do you think?

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Big Thanks

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   Have you had a chance to take a look at the host sets in Stampin' Up's 2018-2019 Annual Catalog? If you haven't, you should! And when you see those cute stamp sets and realize that you can only get them if you host a Stampin' Up Workshop/Party, then you'll want to get in touch with me so we can plan your event!!

Today's card is another in a series of cards I made for the display boards at the Stampin' Up OnStage event for demonstrators. I used the headless topless woman "Hand Delivered" host set to make this card.
I started with a 3-3/4" by 5" Thick Whisper White panel.  I stamped the images from the set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The images in this set are clear, photopolymer, so you can see where you're placing everything--but the Stamparatus makes the placement even easier! Once I had my image stamped, I used Stampin' Blends Markers to color the woman: Light Old Olive, Light Calypso Coral, Light Pool Party, and Bronze. I stamped the sentiment on her card with Old Olive Ink.

I adhered this piece to a 3-7/8" by 5-1/8" Basic Black mat and then onto a Calypso Coral Card Stock card base. This is such a cute set! You know you want it--so host a party!!

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