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Monday, June 9, 2014

10 Minute Work of Art

Talk about a QUICK card...wow, seriously made in 10 minutes!

White card stock, a great color combo and the Work of Art stamp set.
Thank You PPA for the great color combo challenge HERE.

PPA206 June 5 

  • Make a white card base 4 1/4 x 11, folded in half.
  • Stamp the sentiment in Pacific Point ink.
  • Stamp the larger swirl in Pacific Point ink, stamp off above it and stamp off a second time for the third image.
  • Stamp the smaller swirl in Baked Brown Sugar over the darkest blue and repeat stamping off on the other blue layers.
  • Stamp circles in So Saffron catching layers from the previous colors.
Easy Peasy, now it's your turn! Think of all the color possibilities.

More Quick card inspiration using the Work of Art set


Sunday, June 8, 2014

White Embossed Regarding Dahlias

I had so much fun making today's card. Anything flowers is always a winner for me. As far as I'm concerned you can never have enough  of them in your garden. So my flower pick today is REGARDING DAHLIAS. Dahlias come in so many colors and lots of petal shapes and sizes. So image this big Coastal Cabana Dahlia popping up in your garden surrounded by a bunch of Perfect Plum Dahlias just waiting to be picked for the vase on your table.  You know it would be gorgeous. My color cue came from the Connie and Mary color challenge this week, thank you ladies. I chose a Crumb Cake card base rather than white as a neutral. Check out the designers projects HERE.


White emboss 2 DAHLIA flowers, 1 each of Coastal Cabana and Perfect Plum. Cut around the outside edges with paper snips. Sponge Perfect Plum ink on the outside edges to give depth to the flower colors. Punch leaves with Wild Wasabi card stock and the Scallop Oval punch. Score down the middle. Snip out small triangles to create some defined leaf shapes. Sponge with the plum ink.

As you can see in the photo I split the Plum flower so I didn't have to make 2 whole flowers for the card, a real timesaver! I love how the leaves turned out and I hope you will get a chance to try them out yourself. Thank you for joining me today as I find new ways to S T R E T C H my Stampin'Up products.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Technique Twist using the Traveler Train

This week's Technique Twist challenge is all about using new and innovative stuff! With Father's Day just around the corner it gave me an opportunity to make my Dad a card with the Train image from the new "Traveler" stamp set.
I found Rita's sketch @ Freshly Made Sketches as another inspiration to create today's card.....love the tag on it's side.

Grab the Badge!  
challenge here                                        challenge HERE

Not only is the stamp set new but also the paper...I used the new IN COLORS Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow
and the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack

I love the way the train stamped on the grid paper design and the coordinating banners give a clean look to the detailed train image. I even thought about those tiny little straps that get thrown in the trash when you are resizing a piece of paper....well, mine found a home on the end of my tag.

  • Make a Hello Honey card base 4 1/4 x 11 folded in half.
  • Cut 3 banners 4 x 3/4 using the Moonlight DSP, make the middle one a 1/4" shorter.
  • Stamp sentiment in Mossy Meadow in bottom right hand corner. Mine is one of the sentiments from the June 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit.
  • I created the Mossy Meadow tag by taking a piece of paper measuring 4 x 2 3/4 and sliding it into the side of a Window Frames framelit die cut.

  • Stamp the train in Mossy Meadow ink on a DSP grid piece 2 3/4 x 2 1/2.
  • The banners are 3/4 x 4 with the center one 1/4 " shorter.
  • Make the tag hole reinforcer by using a 1/4 circle punch on the DSP and then punch a 1/2 circle over the existing hole.
  • Tie a piece of Linen thread on the tag and pop up the entire tag with dimensionals.

I'm sure my Dad will love this because he is such a Lover of ALL THINGS TRAINS. He collects lanterns, dining car china, step stools, conductor hats and more. There are even working engines at the Railroad Museum in Perris, Ca that he volunteers at. It is not uncommon to have film crews there for Hollywood productions......so fun to see the steam engines at work!

Thank You for joining the fun today!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Fish Trophy Father's Day Card

Today's card combines the Love of fishing , Good Ole' DAD and the Outdoors.
If you have a fisherman in your family this would be the perfect card for Father's Day.

I love the outdoors feel of the Red Barn wood background and the water colored fish proudly hung on the wall like a trophy.

The fish is actually quite easy to color....
  • Stamp the fish image from the BY THE TIDE stamp set in black stazon on watercolor paper.
  • Using SU markers and the SU aqua painter color the sections of the fish.
  • Leaving a little white space between each of the colors ,Put Cherry cobbler of the top edge of the body, Bermuda Bay on the bottom and Pumpkin Pie in the Middle.
  • Now take the aqua painter and blend water between each of the colors.
  • Apply Early Expresso on the edges of the face and fins and use the aqua painter to pull the color from the outsides.
  • With Paper Snips cut out the colored fish image and place dimensionals on the back.

Now for the rest of my card , let's start with the background which is part of the
jump on over and join the fun!

  • Start with a Crumb Cake CUT and READY card base.
  • On a 4 x 5 1/4 Riding Hood Red layer I stamped the Hardwood in Basic Gray ink.
  • Wrap a piece of Early Espresso Bakers Twine around the Hardwood Panel and attach to the  card base.
  • Dry emboss the oval onto a piece of Naturals ivory cardstock.
  • Place a Deco Label Framelit over the oval and diecut.
  • Sponge with Basic Gray ink.
  • Stamp a sentiment in Basic Gray ( this one is from the June'14 Paper Pumpkin Kit ) on Crumb Cake cardstock.
  • Cut sentiment with Extra Large Oval Punch, apply with dimensionals.

Thank You for joining me today !

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