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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Easter POST CARD Collage

I just can't decide!!!!
So many stamp sets, soooooooo little time!

I'm guessing that I'm not the only one who looks at their shelf-load of stamp sets and feels overwhelmed with the thought of deciding which set I want to use. 

I mean why did you buy those sets if you don't use them? Did you buy it because you liked all the images? or maybe it was just one fabulous image or sentiment that caught your eye. I'm not pointing any fingers mine you. I'm not sure if you want to see my 11 yrs. of sets that (I fell in love with ????) But here is the point..... What are you waiting for? So you just use 1 image out of that set, that's o.k. Fall in LOVE again, it wants your attention.

Today's EASTER inspiration does just that. Believe it or not I used 6 different stamp sets to create this card and I used just 1 stamp out of each set. Now that could be a record....lol !

I'm a sucker for a vintage collage feel and the POST CARD stamp is the perfect background to start with. Here is a sampling of what I mean. Feel free to click on any of the samples and it will take you to the original post.

My 2013-15 In-Color Collection was also begging for my attention...USE ME, USE ME! I do love the ice cream like feel of this group that will be bidding a fond farewell come June. Today's combo is whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar and Crisp Cantaloupe. For a deeper contrast to the Cantaloupe , and another In Color,Tangelo Twist made an appearance. It was used for the Sentiment and the inside of the flower. Wild Wasabi seemed the perfect green to compliment my color combo.

So here is a list of the sets I used , current and retired, 
one stamp from each set!
  • Fern.........Butterfly Basics....... (current)
  • Post Card background..............(current)
  • Spatter.....Gorgeous Grunge......(current)
  • Flower......Postage Card Due.....(current)
  • Eggs.........Nature Walk............(retired)
  • Sentiment..Easter Blossoms.......(retired)
Challenge yourself in the next couple of weeks to fall in love again with some of your old sets. And maybe just maybe you may find a new set that would be the perfect compliment to what you already have. I did!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sunrise on the Sheltering Tree

Did you know the Stampin'Up Sheltering Tree set is the perfect set fit for All Seasons? and I'm not
just talking about Fall, Winter , Spring and Summer.

The sentiments are the perfect way to communicate your warmest thoughts as we navigate life's journeys and all the dear friends that pass by on the way.
  • you warm my heart
  • thankful for you
  • friendship is a sheltering tree
  • thinking of you
I was so excited when My dear friend Mary Middendorf (Cool,Ca) had us create this fun card at her monthly club meeting . I love the value of the photopolymer sets, this on has 14 stamps and you can bend the sentiments before stamping for a curvy feel. I ,of coarse, had to put my own little special effects on it. I have the wonderful privelage of watching the sun rise up and shine through the Sierra foothill oak trees just about every morning. I thought it would be fun to re create that feel by sponging a sun rising up over the hills and through the leaves.

I stamped the tree first in Early Espresso ( note that is is just left of center). Next comes the leaves, sponging inks So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe and Wild Wasabi on the stamp and then onto the paper. Use the small leaf cluster to stamp a darker Garden Green around the outside edge of the tree leaves.

Making the hills and sun were fun and easy. Use a mask made from a piece of computer paper. I die cut a large oval and then used the left over frame as my mask. Sponge the hills using the wide side of the oval and then flip the oval so that the pointed end can be used for the sun.

Finish with the perfect sentiment and make natural distressed edges created with the Stampin' Distress Tool. Simply drag the tool along the edges of your paper for a very cool effect.

Stampin' Distress Tool
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

QUICK Valentine using Perfect Pennants

Looking for a QUICK and EASY card for Valentines Day?
Look no further, This card can be made in just minutes
using the Perfect Pennants stamp set.

You will need just a few supplies....

Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (the Heart shape matches 
       this Heart image perfectly)
Perfect Pennants stamp set ( clear mount or wood )
       Also available in Spanish and French

What makes this card soooo quick is the fact that you use only ONE INK COLOR for the hearts and banners. That's right, when you STAMP OFF the Real Red ink it creates this beautiful range of red/pink....so cool!
New to stamping OFF? That means you stamp your image once, don't clean it or re ink it and then continue to stamp the 2nd heart. Repeat and continue stamping the 3rd image. It's so fun to see how the saturation of color changes with this quick method.
FYI: A juicy ink pad works best for this technique. Does your pad need to be re inked? 
TIP: When purchasing your stamp pads, buy a reinker at the same time. That way you always have that reinker on hand.

Stamping order:
I suggest you start with the hearts first and then stamp the sentiment in black. This will give you a better feel for where the striped banners should be stamped.
UNSET Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack by Stampin' Up!
Basic Black Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!  Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Friday, December 19, 2014

Year End Christmas Inspiration

Today is all about Christmas inspiration. It's mostly For those of you who may be newer to my blog and missed out on some projects. I like to do this occasionally because not everyone knows how to navigate all the buttons and links on all the inspiration blogs or how to do a search for the inspiration they are looking for. On my blog, there is a SEARCH box on the left hand side bar. So in this case, if you typed in CHRISTMAS, any post that I tagged with the word Christmas would come up for you to view.

Click on the corner of these projects below if you would like to go to the original  post with details. ENJOY!




Thursday, December 18, 2014

EASY Punch Art Scalloped Christmas Wreath

Need a Last Minute card but your brain is on overload?
Or maybe you would just like to file this idea away for next time.

Sometimes we just forget about how a simple Christmas card can work just fine. Honestly, I forgot about this one myself until I came across a similar one I did several years ago. I wanted to change it up a bit by using some newer products including the sentiment from the Wonderous Wreath Polymer set as shown here...

Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!  

...plus I wanted to feature it on the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch using the bold white contrast. This sweet little Old Olive punched wreath is simple enough the kids can even do it.

Using a 1" Circle Punch on a large 2 1/2" square, punch and create the center of the wreath. Take that punched piece and insert it into a 1 3/4" Scallop CIrcle punch. Ta Dah! Of course it also works well in a larger size with the 1 1/4"Circle and the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle.

Decorate the wreath with 1/4" Punched Circles of Silver and Red Glimmer Paper. Take each of the circles and pick up a glue dot and they are ready to stick on the wreath.

A Sweet Red bow is sure to add the perfect touch to this petite size wreath. I used 1/8" Red Taffeta Ribbon. I love the added bonus of the white trimmed edges. ( LOVE this pretty ribbon for Valentines Day also)

Because this card has so many soft circles, it seemed fitting to add the extra circle texture. The big dry embossed LARGE POLKA DOTS did the trick.... I hope you can see them in the photo!

Thank You for joining me today with this Holiday Fun. Now go finish wrapping those presents , hanging those stocking or sharing your time with your favorite charity.    Christmas Joy to you and Yours!

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