Thursday, May 5, 2016

My Hummingbird Problem

Over the weekend on Facebook I posted this picture and commented how for months these hummingbirds have caused so many problems, no matter what I did I couldn't get them to line up.  They were ok and I was getting better but they weren't perfect.  Some of Stampin' Up!'s layering stamp sets are meant to line up perfectly some are not. This one I wanted to line up perfectly but just couldn't figure it out....even though it's a clear stamp.  I have serious problems.  After giving up.....or so I thought.....I decided to try one more time but this time I was stamping them in a whole new way.  The result.....
PERFECT hummingbirds.  They're lined up so wonderfully.  The wings, the tail, the beak, the EYES!  Those darn eyes that would never line up in the past were lined up!!!!!  I finally did it!!! I conquered the hummingbirds!!!! I stamped a few more to make sure it wasn't a fluke.  I was so happy I stamped another, this time photographing how I did it in case these hummers have been problematic for you too. 
Once I figured out what my problem was it was easy to fix.  I had been stamping the birds in the order number printed on the stamp sheet (the plastic sheet the stamps come on in the stamp case).  Forget that!  My problem was that the last one you stamped was always the darkest color and the hardest to see through.  So instead of ending with the darkest I started with the darkest.  On the stamp sheet this stamp is listed as number 4.  Nope, do this one first!  You'll thank me later!  
Next I did the stamp labeled as number 1.  This is where it gets a little strange I'm gonna talk a lot and it probably won't make sense but hang in there I have a point.  I stamped number 1 second, though if your number 3 ink color is darker than your number 1 ink color I'd do that one second instead of this one.  Got it!  Good! Basically you're moving from darkest to lightest, however that ends up arranging on your stamps do it that way.  This is the most solid hummingbird stamp.  I stamped it in Tempting Turquoise.  You can see how clearly it's already lining up!  
Then you'll stamp your last layer, depending on your ink colors that could be number 1 or number 3 on the sheet.  Have I completely confused you yet? :) If you wanted to add some more color to his neck this is also the time where you would stamp your little neck piece.  That would be number 2 on your stamp sheet if you're keeping track.  I don't have it pictured here but I added mine with some Blushing Bride, you'll see on the finished card.  Now here's where I really loose it.  After lining it up so beautifully and so perfectly I did this......
I'm totally and completely in love with this card.  He was stamped on watercolor paper through the whole tutorial.  I added another wing, cause birds have 2 wings. Then I sprayed it with water and my color spritzer.  The colors bled a little until I heated it with my heat tool to dry it and stop the spreading.  I didn't want to wash him out completely.  The rest of the card is super super simple.  A quick embossed greeting on vellum and that was it. 
I went back in after it was dry with a Project Life pen and re drew his eyes.  If you are having trouble with this hummingbird try going darkest to lightest.  It worked for me.  Then loose your mind completely and spray him down with water.  I do love this card though!  And I'm pretty sure it's because he was stamped so perfectly :)  I'm so so so glad I finally figured this out and this hummer and I can finally be friends.  He's been torturing me for quite some time :)

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

So Many Roses

This may be a longer post than I normally do, but the card is beautiful so it's worth it!  I am on the board at Megan's school and my fellow board members and I decided that we were going to surprise Anne, our amazing school director, with some flowers and a gift card.  Well obviously I had to make a gift card holder and obviously it had to be special and big enough for the board to sign.  I remembered I had some 7x7-ish size envelopes so I decided that would be my card/gift card for Anne.  To make the card 7x7 I cut one piece at 7x7 and one piece at 7x8.5.  On the longer piece I scored it at 1.5 folded it over and adhered it to the back of the 7x7 piece.  Then you have a full 7x7 card just made with 2 pieces of cardstock.  Larger cards are more challenging.  So I just decided to fill the card with roses.  Many, many, many, roses! 
I used the Picture Perfect stamp set and I stamped the roses, I don't even know how many I did, I didn't use all that I stamped.  Then I stamped the leaves-oh so many leaves!  With all these roses and leaves I really didn't use that many ink pads.  I specifically went with yellow and pick roses, because I looked it up and those colors symbolize friendship and appreciation.  Here's the colors of ink I used.  For the yellow roses: Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Delightful Dijon.  For the lighter pink roses: Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo (the middle layer of the roses stamp off on scrap paper with the Melon Mambo first).  The darker pink ones: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Rose Red.  The leaves: Old Olive and Garden Green (stamp the first layer of the leaves with Old Olive stamped off on scrap paper first).  Then I fussy cut ALL the rose and ALLLLLLLL the leaves.  I figured out where I wanted all the roses and stuck them all down using dimensionals.  Don't judge, there's probably 5 or 6 Dimensionals on the back of every rose, you can do the math.  After all the roses were down I used the leaves to fill in gaps and to surround the flowers.  I knew I wanted to layer some of the leaves under the layer layers of cardstock the flowers were on so I made sure to save some.  So some are glued onto the same layer as the flowers and some are glued on the base of the card.  It gave lots of dimension and really brought the card together.     
The flowers were all stuck down on some vellum, then white that was stamped with the splatter from Gorgeous Grunge, then Melon Mambo cardstock.  I embossed in gold the greeting.  To finish the front I used pearls, scattered here and there.  Then there was the inside.  
I mentioned that I wanted a gift card holder inside.  I went pretty simple with the gift card holder and just used the envelope punch board to make it.  I attached some doilies behind it and used and extra rose and some leaves.  Pretty simple, I wanted to leave plenty of room for board members to sign.  
Finally the envelope.  I didn't go too crazy with the envelope but I did want it to be more than just my handwriting on the front so I pulled out my Larger Than Life Alphabet set.  This set is retiring.  I love it though.  I don't normally keep my retiring stamp sets, but I'm really considering it with this set.  The letters are large (hints the title).  But they're great for monogram stuff, school stuff for the kids (think big projects, poster boards, etc).  If there's an alphabet set to get I think this is a great one!  Back to the envelope.  The envelope I used was slightly textured so the stamps weren't stamping solidly (you can see this in the second half of the 'n' and the 'e'.  To get them looking more solid I painted over each letter with the Wink of Stella clear pen.  It smoothed everything out and it gave it some fun shimmer!!!!  You can also see my pencil marks on the envelope to make sure that I stamped it straight and in the middle.  Do them lightly and you can erase them when you're done.  Just a few quick tips for you :)

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Alternative Idea

I've been sharing lots of fun cards made with the free set we got with our Paper Pumpkin kit but I also wanted to share this really cute card made from some of the leftovers from the kit itself.  This card was inspired by Dena's card here.  Such a cute idea for some left overs from the kit!!! This little wreath was so easy and fun to put together.  I used that free set for the greeting, so I guess I did have one more card with that set :)  
The flowers on the wreath are punched out from the Tree Builder Punch.  I just added a little pearl to the center of them because just like I don't like naked buttons, naked flowers really bother me too.  I'm weird that way :)   I'll share my wreath from the kit soon. I hung it up as quickly as I finished it and haven't even photographed it yet. This kit was one of my favorites!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Last Of All About Everything

I have one last card to share from our free stamp set that we were gifted in the April Paper Pumpkin.  This one is super simple but made 'fancy' with lots of gold touches.  I am all about gold lately :)  I used some Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant for this flower.  Those colors layer so well together.  I can't believe how much I've been reaching for my Regal colors lately!  I don't normally add a lot of ribbon to cards but this one just seemed to need some gold ribbon on the top. 
The center of the flower was stamped with part of one of the images in the set then I used some Crystal Effects (retiring and sold out) over the center of the flower.  Over all this was a really simple card and you could stamp the flower in any color!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Everything Is Alright

This is my favorite card that I made with our free set!  I don't even know where to start because I love all of it!  The flowers were stamped in Pool Party and Island Indigo.  I stamped some of the leaves around the side in Garden Green, which believe it or not is becoming my go to green!  I love love love the gold splatter from the Wink of Stella Gold Pen.  The doilies are so pretty off to the side. 
The centers of the flowers are really fun and super simple to make I used the 3/4" and 1/2" circle punches to make them.  I punched the larger circle from some vellum and the smaller one in Delightful Dijon cardstock.  I crumpled the Delightful Dijon cardstock to add a little more texture.  To finish it all off I added a rhinestone in the center.  Really quick and easy.  I have one more fun card with this set and I'll share that on Monday!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

I Love Everything!

If you're a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you got a free stamp set this month with your kit.  The stamp set was All About Everything and I love everything about this set!   I love the greetings and there's a good variety of them so you nice options for almost any occasion.  Plus I love this brush-strokey looking flower!  I stamped this flower all over in Calypso Coral and Cajun Craze.  When it was done though, while I loved it, it was a little too orangey for me.  But it was so pretty and I still wanted to use it.  I decided to layer some vellum over the top to 'tone' it down a bit.  That was the perfect solution!  
I embossed the greeting on the front of the vellum and tied the vellum to the stamped cardstock with some Bakers Twine.  Stampin' Up! will no longer carry the black embossing powder and it's already sold out on the retired list.  I won't be getting rid of or stop using my black embossing powder.  I know the struggles that come with black embossing powder, it probably is the least forgiving and the hardest to use but I still consider it a needed staple in my stamp room, mostly because we don't carry a black ink that will stay wet long enough to emboss clear over.  Of everything on the retired list, this was the item I was most heartbroken over.  There is some new copper embossing powder in the new catalog which I'm anxious to get my hands on but I'll still keep my black :)

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Birthday Blooms

I was a little hesitant to get this set when the Occasions catalog first came out.  First I have tons of floral stamp sets. Second my wishlist was waaaayyyyy to long with other stuff I *HAD TO HAVE*.  I did finally get this set a couple weeks ago and now I've been kicking myself for not getting it sooner!  Oh my goodness this set is soooooo much fun to color, and it's gorgeous!!!!  I've made a bunch of cards with this set and every single one of them I love!  I can't pick a favorite.  Though this one could be it!  I stamped the flower all over the background in Sahara Sand on Sahara Sand cardstock.  I love that tone on tone look. In the stamp set there's this little cluster of dots stamp and I stamped that in the small gaps on the background then gold embossed them.  It was such a simple step that added so much to the background.  Just the right amount of sparkle and shine!    
I used my Blender Pens to color the image.  To pick up the ink with my Blender Pen I pressed my ink pads onto an acrylic block.  I know you can squeeze the lid to get your color pallet there too, but I prefer to do it on the block.  I find from the block you can get a more intense color and you can blend a couple colors together on the block before bringing it to your paper.  When your done the blocks clean up nicely and they're ready to use for stamping.  When using Blender Pens also remember that you don't want to go over one area too much, your paper will start pilling and won't look good.  I find that the Thick White cardstock or the Shimmer White cardstock are the best for using with Blender Pens they're thicker and can hold the ink from the pens a little better than our white cardstock.  To finish this card I added a little Gold Dazzling Details to the center of the flower.  It just adds a little sparkle and ties in the gold from the thread and embossing.  This is such a pretty card!  I love it!!!!  The rest of the week I'll be sharing some cards I made with our free stamp set that we got in this months Paper Pumpkin kit.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

You Are Made Of Wonderful

Do you ever find yourself stuck in one stamping technique?  I have been watercoloring flowers like a mad woman!  Over the next couple of weeks you'll see them all.  I'm having serious trouble putting the aqua painter and blender pens down :) But when they result in gorgeous cards how can you stop!!!  I have soooo many colored cards that I'll be sharing, some this week, some next week, starting with this one!  I love this Elegant Eggplant flower.  I'll be the first to tell you I don't reach for my regal colors hardly at all.  So this was a challenge for me to pull out my Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant.  But I do love the finished card.    
I really went for lots of pops of gold on this card too.  The entire white piece is brushed with the Wink Of Stella Gold pen and I also did some splatters of the gold Wink Of Stella too.  I have some Gold Glimmer paper on the right and my greeting is gold embossed.  I love the gold accents.  The flower was watercolored then cut out and attached to the card with dimensionals.  So pretty!!!!   

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Pink And Gold Glitter Butterfly

 Today's card is very similar to the card I shared yesterday.  I'm telling you I'm addicted to making these cards though this one will be the last one I share.  This card actually was made first and inspired yesterday's card.  Today's card was inspired by this card by Steffi.  I'm sure I've completely confused you now.  I may have confused myself :)
That gold bow gave me all kinds of problems, but I took care of it with some strategically placed glue dots.  When all else fails pull out the glue dots, they'll fix everything!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Gold Butterfly

I've been watercoloring random cardstock on my desk for a while.  Actually I'm not even entirely sure it's watercoloring.  I color on a window sheet and spritz it with some water then smoosh it onto some cardstock.  Watercolor cardstock is ideal, but the shimmer white cardstock works well too.  Then it dries and your left with a gorgeous background.  I love doing this!!!  I also have an obsession for butterflies so I add those to cards.....a lot.....but they're so pretty.  
One of my favorite things on this card is those enamel dots.  I'm going to tell you a secret, a tip I learned from Steffi a demonstrator from Germany.  Those little dots are the White Perfect Accents that are in the catalog.  I bought some never knowing what I'd do with them, then I saw in one of her videos where she took the white backing off and then attached it to her card and my life was forever changed. Then it's a clear enamel dot (which I know we also sell in the Itty Bitty Epoxy Stickers.....but not in as large of a quantity as the white ones). I love the look they give and they're flat enough to be post office friendly.  I made this card for a swap.  I saw this swap advertised on Brian Kings blog and thought, why not?  I'm already mailing a bunch of cards today why not get a fun one in return!  I'll make sure to share it when I receive it back.  I'm excited!

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