Sunday, October 3, 2021

Creation Station: It's the Season for


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Well, we have finally had some real fall whether here in central Maryland. It took a while to get here--we had a heat wave three plus days at 90F in a row) at the beginning of September. But the end of the month and beginning of October has just been glorious! The air is crisp. The sky is the bluest of blues. And the trees are just starting to turn. I'm wondering how the color will be this fall since the cicadas "tipped" most of the trees during their once-every-thirteen-years feeding and, um, reproducing frenzy. I'm hoping that doesn't have much of an impact, but we'll see.

Since our Creation Station design team is truly international, some of our designers are heading into spring! Our assignment for October is to stamp to match our season. I honestly began to despair because I don't have any fall sets--or do I? I'd totally forgotten that I had the "Welcoming Woods" set from the June to December Mini Catalog! Imagine my joy when I saw it on my stamp shelf. Huzzah!

I watched a few videos of Stampin' Up demonstrators creating beautiful sunsets behind the trees so I set about to do the same. I cut a 1" circle from a Post-It note using one of the Layering Circles Dies and adhered it to a 3-3/4" by 5" Basic White Card Stock piece. I used a Blending Brush--yep, just one brush in all the colors, and nope, I didn't clean it in between since the inks don't [usually] transfer from the brush--to swirl on Mango Melody, Calypso Coral, Cinnamon Cider, and Blackberry Bliss Inks. I also added Mossy Meadow Ink along the bottom to "ground" the trees. 

I removed the Post-It, and swirled on some more Mango Melody Ink--that leaves a subtle circle outline for the sun.

I stamped the tree image onto this piece in Soft Suede Ink. PROTIP: Make sure you stamp the top of the trees off the top of your card stock, otherwise, they look like they've been lopped off at the top. I used Basic Gray Ink to stamp the shadow under the trees.

Next, I folded a baby wipe onto an acrylic block and dropped Rich Razzleberry, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, and Crushed Curry Ink to make a "custom" ink pad. 

I stamped the leaves from the "Welcoming Woods" set into this pad and onto my trees. They turned out so pretty!

I adhered this piece to a 4" by 5-1/4" Soft Suede Card Stock mat and then onto a 4-1/8" by 5-3/8" Blackberry Bliss Card Stock mat.

I stamped the sentiment from the same set in Soft Suede Ink onto So Saffron Card Stock and cut it out with one of the Seasonal Labels Dies--also from the July to December Mini. The die was too long, so I shortened the label by repositioning the die and cutting the label again. I adhered this to the card with Early Espresso Suede Ribbon and a few Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish the card, I added three Gold Metallic Pearls to the label.

I can't wait to see what the rest of our Creation Station Design Team has in store for us. Just click on the next button or visit Jeanna's blog post and you can begin your international seasonal trip around the world!

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Jingle All the Way

Hey there! It's been a while since I've posted anything to my blog, or well, anywhere! Life gets away from you sometimes, doesn't it? Honestly, I've been knitting a lot because I also enjoy that and because I can sit in bed and watch TV while doing it. It's hard to stamp in bed--LOL!

But my annual Christmas card-making classes are an opportunity for me to get into the stampin' room and create cards. Stampin' Up has some awesome product in the July to December mini catalog and I'm all in on those. It's also Sale-a-Bration part 2! That's right! We're having another Sale-a-Bration. It ends on September 30th, so if you want to get in on the free stuff, you'll need to place your order by then! 

I'm going to show you a card featuring the cute Playful Penguins Designer Series Paper that you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase. It's a-dor-able. Take a look at this card!

I stamped a sentiment from the "Holly Jolly Wishes" stamp set in Misty Moonlight Ink and cut out with one of the Seasonal Labels Dies from the Painted Christmas Suite. (Stayed tuned for some card from that suite!). I used a Blending Brush to add some Balmy Blue Ink to Basic White Card Stock. And I fussy cut the "critters" from the Playful Penguins DSP.

And I tried a little something new --I made a YouTube video! That's right--if you have about 10 minutes, click on over to my brand new Faithful Inkspirations You Tube channel where you can watch me show you how put this card together. And as always, if you want to order the products used on this card, just click on the thumbnails below and you'll be taken to my on-line store.

If you enjoy the video, I'd be super pleased if you'd leave me a comment--and if you have ideas on how to improve future videos, I'm all ears.

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Creation Station: From Simple to Artfully Stepped Up


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I'm so glad that we're stepping into September and leaving summer behind. I love the fresh fall days that lead into my favorite season (winter). Summer is OK and all, but give me sweater weather any time! 

For our September Creation Station challenge we're to create two cards:  one that is ultra simple and a second is a stepped up version of the first. Well, I'm a little "extra" myself, so I've done an extra card for you. I've created a simple stamping card, a card for the avid stamper, and then the over the top stepped up card. 

I don't know about you, but I have trouble with "simple" cards. I always want to put an extra sprig of baby's breath or a bird on it KWIM? But I like the way my simple card turned out! And it's just stamps, ink, and paper--what could be more simple than that?

I used the "Words of Cheer" stamp set from the July to December Mini Catalog. I love that set and the font for the sentiment is one of my favorites! I stamped the floral outline image in Mossy Meadow Ink onto a 3-3/4" by 5" Basic White Card Stock panel. The sentiment is also stamped in Mossy Meadow. I used Blushing Bride Ink to fill in the flowers with the coordinating stamp and to stamp the dots around the panel. I adhered this to a 4" by 5-1/4" Mossy Meadow Card Stock mat and then onto a Blushing Bride Card Stock card base. Simple--but quite pretty! 

My stepped up version uses the same layout, but I added some extras to, you know, step it up!

For this card, I stamped the floral image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Basic White Card Stock and cut it out with the matching Christmas Cheer Die. (You can get the "Words of Cheer" stamp set and coordinating Christmas Cheer Dies in a bundle--item 156389--for 10% off the individual purchase price.) I colored the flowers with Light and Dark Flirty Flamingo and Light and Dark Petal Pink Stampin' Blends. I colored the berries with the Light Petal Pink Blend and the greenery with Light and Dark Mossy Meadow Blends. I added a 1-1/2" by 4" strip of the simply gorgeous Whimsy and Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper and wrapped a length of Blushing Bride Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon around. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to add the floral element to the card. Pretty, huh? But, wait! I really went over the top for my next card!

For my final card, everything is the same as the stepped up card except that after I colored the flowers, I brushed on Clear Wink of Stella to give them some shine. Who doesn't love shiny things?! Speaking of shiny, I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to add Subtle Shimmer Sequins to the card and to all the berries on the floral element. For a little more shine, I added a second ribbon--a length of my favorite White Glittered Organdy Ribbon. Finally, I cut some greenery elements from Vellum Card Stock using the Christmas Cheer Dies and tucked them behind the floral element. The Christmas Cheer Dies allow you to cut three greenery pieces at once. Isn't this card fun?!

I hope you've enjoyed my simple to stepped up to over the top card creations and I know you'll love what the phenomenal Elizabeth Price has in store for you! See you next month!

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