Monday, July 28, 2014

Copy The Catalog

I have a really smart friend, she's also a demonstrator.  She's also younger than me, not by much though :)  We were brainstorming class ideas at our last demonstrator meeting and she came up with this class idea.  I loved it so I copied it!  My class on Saturday was Copy The Catalog, I used the samples in the catalog to come up with the cards for this class.  Thanks Carmelita for the idea!!  I know for me, coming up with an idea for a card is sometimes the hardest part.  Using the catalog which is FULL of amazing samples is great idea.  The first card is a fun duplicate of a card on page 109 in the catalog, pull out your catalog and play along!  I clearly used different colors.  For my card we used Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive.  It's a fun alternative to the one in catalog! 
If you now turn your catalog to page 155 you'll see the this card there too.  This one was one we directly copied, well I did add a couple layer but for the most part it's the same card.  We used the Flower Patch stamp set and matching framelits.  The example in the catalog doesn't have them cut out but I thought that would be fun, plus I need to use dimensionals somewhere on every card!  It's so fun and cheerful I love it!!!  Check back tomorrow for the last two cards! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Final Rainbow

This will not be the final rainbow card I ever make, nope far from that just the last one of the week.  And quite possibly I saved my favorite for last.  I do love this one.  Especially in person, it's so bright and beautiful!!  And I'll let you in on a secret, this one was the fastest and easiest to make!  Shockingly this is my favorite and there's no glitter???? How did that happen!!!??!?  Let's walk through the process of how this was done.  First these are the supplies you'll need:  Watercolor Paper (you need watercolor paper-no substitutions!  It's the only paper that can withstand the amount of water your going to saturate the cardstock with), Reinkers in your rainbow colors (one last time for fun!  Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzleberry), Aqua painter (or paintbrush), spray bottle filled with water and something to drop your reinkers onto (I used my largest acrylic block, you could also used a plate, a stamp case, anything really that can be cleaned and that the ink won't seep into. 
Drop one or two drops of every color of reinker onto whatever solid surface you've chosen, again I used an acrylic block.  Spray your watercolor paper with your spray bottle until it's pretty wet.  You don't want it swimming in water but you want it pretty wet, wet enough that your colors will blend together.    It's also probably a good idea to put a couple paper towels under your paper to catch all the extra water.  Then using your aqua painter (make sure your aqua painter is pretty wet too) pick up your first color of reinker and add it to your wet cardstock, you should immediately see the color start covering and bleeding all over your watercolor paper.  Work quickly and pick up your next color don't worry about cleaning your aqua painter the colors are all bleeding together anyway.  Keep going until you've reached the bottom and your last color.  If your colors aren't blending well, spray more water on your paper, if you have too much water use a dry paper towel and use it to gently pick up that color from your paper.  Once my colors looked good and I was happy I used my heat tool to quickly dry it.  You can let it air dry, but you also risk your colors bleeding more, the longer it's wet the more color bleeding that will take place.  It takes just a few seconds to dry it with the heat tool.  Finally after it was dry I thought it needed just a subtle bit of shine so I used the triangles from the new Dotty Angles set and stamped and embossed them in clear on the left side.  It's not a drastic look, but it adds just enough shine to the side of the card.  I embossed my greeting on Rich Razzleberry cardstock and finished the card with some bakers twine and a button.  I know this looks dramatic and super complicated but it's really not, it's so easy and so fun!!!  I have a really fun class tomorrow, I'll have all the projects on my blog next week! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rainbow Of Hearts

I had a really tough choice on which card to put up today and which card to put up tomorrow.  I wanted to save my favorite for last.  This one and tomorrow's card (it's a good one!) were a tough choice for me.  In the end this card lost, but just barely!  But it's so cute it's still a winner!  If you've followed my blog all week, you know 3 things about what I associate rainbow cards with.  1) There must be glitter, I don't know why, but there must!  2) Hearts and rainbows apparently go well together 3) Black cardstock is like the glue that holds it all together.  Now tomorrows card will throw all these rules out the window-no glitter, no hearts, just a tiny bit of black.  But let's stay focused on this card.
For the hearts I pulled cardstock of the rainbow colors from my scraps.  I'm not going to name all the colors again, check out the last 3 posts for the colors I used.  I painted on some Dazzling Details onto the scrap pieces of cardstock.  I wanted the glitter-duh! and I wanted to compare the difference of the Dazzling Details painted on verses Crystal Effect and Dazzling Diamonds glitter painted on -which is my favorite.  The verdict, it worked ok, but I'm going to stick with my Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds.  It painted on easier and more evenly the Dazzling Details which got a little clumpy in spots and didn't cover as evenly as I would have liked.  After you paint it and let it dry punch out all your hearts.  I did 3 in every color.  I used glue dots to attach them to the card.  It's easy and there's no drying time.  I finished the card with my greeting and some ribbon.  The hearts looked good but I wanted them to look more 'glossy' so I laid my card flat and carefully went over each heart with some Crystal Effects.  The glitter still shines through but you also get that beautiful glossy look and feel to them.  Set your card aside to dry. Done!  Love it!!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Better Place

Continuing on with the rainbow theme this week, I pulled out my Gorgeous Grunge set.  When I say pulled out I meant moved it from one side of my desk to another, let's face it this set never gets put away, it's used far too much :)  I used the stripy, tire track looking stamp for this card.  I stamped it in rainbow order, say it with me this time: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzleberry.  I stamped each color about 3 times, over lapping, just to get a nice even look all the way down the card.  Really I could have left the card just like that it would have been beautiful, but I took my framelits and cut a hole in the center, almost center. 
I pulled out my Starburst Sayings set and got to work on the rest of the card.  I stamped the 'You make the world a better place' stamp twice, once in Rich Razzleberry then again in Old Olive.  Use your coordinating framelits, they really do make life easier, to cut out your main image.  I cut out 'world' from the old olive piece and attached it with dimensionals to the main image.  Then I had this empty looking whole in my card.  It looked ok, but the cut out circle needed 'finished' somehow.  I tried some black cardstock, it looked better, so I added some glitter!  YES BETTER INDEAD!!!  I'm a gigantic fan of glitter to begin with, but glitter on rainbow cards just makes me happier than a monkey in a banana tree :)  I added the bakers twine bow just to finish it.  I love it!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Masked Hearts

How much are you enjoying 'rainbow week'?  Ok it's only day 2, I'll ask again later this week!  This card is really what started it all, this was the first one I made.  You may remember last week I shared a couple cards with the new Stars mask, here and here.  Well I thought it was time to pull out my heart mask.  I laid down the mask, I used Washi Tape to hold my paper and the mask in place, then starting from the left I sponged a rainbow of colors.  I used the same colors as yesterday (Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry) but this time instead of Pacific Point I used Tempting Turquoise.
I'm totally smitten with the new masks!!!  How fun is this card!!!  I love how some of the heart are 2 colors, I love how they blended!!!  For the greeting, I used the Watercolor Thank You Stamp.  I stamped it in black, but then I realized that the card needed something, I did want to cover up the hearts with ribbons or accessories, I think they're pretty great the way they are, but the greeting really needed something.  So I pulled out my Crystal Effects and a very small paint brush.  I painted right over the letters then sprinkled the wet Crystal Effects with Dazzling Diamonds.  It's gorgeous!! And  really great quick fix!!!  It added the sparkle that I wanted but doesn't take your focus off the hearts.  LOVE IT!!!!  If you're not sold on the masks yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!!?!  They're a great, affordable tool every stamper should have!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Rainbow Week

We all have our favorite Stampin' Up! colors, even color groups.  I tend to use the Brights far more than any other group.  Mostly because I love the bright vibrant colors.  When I'm stamping a rainbow the Brights are my first choice of colors.  Over the weekend I was in a rainbow state of mind.  I ended up with a whole stack of rainbow themed cards.  Not intentional, just kind of happened that way.  So this week is 'rainbow week' on my blog!  For the next five days you'll see lots of these 6 colors: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pacific Point and Rich Razzleberry.
For this card, I used my markers and the Work Of Art Stamp Set.  I used the straight sketchy line.  To start I colored half Real Red and half Pumpkin Pie, well it stamped beautifully so I continued with Daffodil Delight and Old Olive, and so on until I had a full rainbow.  I loved the look of it, but I wanted to spotlight is somehow.  So with the new Sweetheart Punch I punched another piece of Whisper White and layered it on top with dimensionals so it pops up over the rainbow.  So pretty!!!  I mounted in on some Champagne Glimmer Paper and added some gold sequins to tie in all that sparkle!!!  This card is so pretty in person!  I'm so pleased with it!!!  This is just the beginning to a very colorful week here!!!  I can't wait!!!!   
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ahoy Matey!

Do you remember my Castle card?  Well it's still sitting on my desk because, well I just love to look at it :)  It makes me happy.  Then one day, Logan asked me to make him a castle.  Well I didn't think he really wanted a castle, especially a pink, especially one with rhinestones.  So it got me thinking what would I do for a boy??????  A pirate ship!  So this box card was born. 
I really wanted it to look like a ship, so I researched on Pintrest punch art ships.  I love getting ideas of how others have created ships.  I found this one.  I thought it would be perfect.  It had the right look that I was going for so I created it in my own way.  While I was making it I didn't click on the link to read more on her ship I just went from the picture so here's how I did it.  I cut a piece of cardstock the same side as the front of my card.  2.5x3.  I used my 2 inch circle punch and punched out lots of crescent shapes.  I started with the right side.  I marked the center of my cardstock and started gluing down the crescents (after they were heavily sponged).  I put the tip of each crescent along that marked line in the center.  I started from the bottom and worked my way up.  Then I did the left side the same way.  I randomly punched the crescent shapes some were thin some were thicker, so based on the size there's a few more 'planks' (whatever you would call them on left side).  It doesn't bother me so I'm good with it.  Finally have a thin piece of Early Espresso down the center to cover up the mess where they all come together.  I only did this on the front of the card.  I did consider doing the sides.  But I wasn't sure how this was going to look in the long run and really the front it all that needs to be done.  If I did it again, for a clean look, I may do the sides, but this was by far the most time consuming part of the card, I wasn't that eager to do it 2 more times. 
Instead for the sides I used my Crumb Cake and Early Espresso sponges and just sponged random ink spots on it.  This makes the sides of the ship look very worn by the sea.  Other things you could do, some black circles for cannons, maybe just some windows in the side????  You could also add a plank on the side, that would be cute!!  All good ideas for next time!!
As for the sails and flags I used the Moonlight DSP Stack.  I was going to add some 'pirates' on the ship but by the time I finished the wheel on the ship (which was the last thing I added and by the way is just the 1 inch and the 1.25 inch circle punches with strips of Daffodil Delight) I was already almost 90 minutes into this card.  While these cards come out wonderful, they're very time consuming.  Of course since this is my first ship, the second and any others I do would go much quicker since I'm not creating it from scratch.  But again since I was 90 minutes into the card I decided to forgo the pirate, this time :)  So let me know what you think.....I'm sure there will another ship in the near future, just writing down all these ideas gets me anxious to make another one.....maybe a whole fleet!!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Flower Patch

I have a funny....not that funny.....story about this stamp set.  Right after the catalog was released in June I put in an order...ok it was a large order :)  Of course I needed the new stuff!!!  So my plan all along was to get this bundle, the Flower Patch stamp set and the matching Flower Flair Framelits as one of my half off items......well as it would turn out, I wrote down the item number for just the stamp set.  I didn't realize it until I got my order and realized that there were. no. framelits. in. the. box. :(  So I would have to wait until my next order to get my framelits.  Well then you know life happened, orders were delayed, we were out of town and well I just got the framelits a couple weeks ago.  But I do have them now.  So don't do what I no no.  Make sure you get the bundle, because you'll NEED the framelits!!
I love everything about this card.  Yesterday I said this card didn't have any embossing, I lied!  I forgot that the greeting was embossed.  Ooops!  Let's get to the details of this card.  I started with my DSP.  I love this polka dot pattern from the Flowerpot DSP.  So once I knew I was using that my colors just came easy.  The dark blue in the DSP is Night of Navy, what goes well with Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight!  It all just came together so pretty!!  I love this card.  The bow is so pretty, the flower is just lovely, my favorite is the button with the loopy linen thread!  It all just works!!  I'm so pleased with this card!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

More Stars

I have one more sample...for this week with the star mask or stencils.  This package also comes with hearts.  I haven't tried the hearts yet.  I've been slightly obsessed with the stars.  But for less than $3, yes these are only $2.95 (US) you get stars and hearts.  So really you can't afford NOT to own them :) This one is simple and far less elaborate then yesterdays, (though I did love all that sparkle!).  But I did break out my heat tool again for this card.  I'm really LOVING embossing lately.  I don't know if you're the same way but I seem to go through 'stages' of stamping.  I'm in the embossing stage, which means all cards that I make will include embossing, but that's ok, what's not to love!  I used 2 colors of embossing powder for this card.  I sponged the stencil on black in Versamark then sprinkled some of the areas with silver and some with gold.  Some stars have a nice mixture of both and it looks so cool! 
The little greeting on the front is from Chalk Talk, I embossed it in gold.  There's some vellum and some Brushed Silver Cardstock to bring out the gold and silver from the embossing powder.  The entire card is Brushed Gold :)  I didn't add any accessories to this card, I really wanted the shine and sparkle from the embossed stars to stand out on their own.  Try the stencils, I love them!!!  I have beautiful card for you tomorrow, that's....gasp....not embossed......gasp!!!! 
Thanks for looking, see you soon!!!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How 'Bout Some Glitter?

I wasn't sure how this card was going to end up.  Ever make one of those.  You just keep going with a loose plan in your head.  This was this card.  It's nothing like what I had planned, thank goodness!!  I just got the new heart and stars stencils, boy are they FUN!  My original plan was to emboss white stars, so I went with some darker, rich colors, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Island Indigo, and Elegant Eggplant.  I had all my paper cut and I laid them out and put the stencil on top.  Well the bottom pieces were covered in stars but as the stars get fewer as you go up, my upper pieces weren't very star covered.  That wouldn't do.  My plan was to have them covered in stars.  So I did one at a time.  The stars don't align where the cardstock meets, but I'm ok with that.  How often do your stars align anyway? :) 
So back to the white embossing powder, I originally thought I wanted them in white but as I was sponging the versamark over the star mask I thought, hmmmmm what about glitter!  So I did the first one with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, well I was sold!  Sparkle, gloss, what's not to love!?!  Oh and can I just mention how much I love embossing.  If you're ever in a stamping rut, break out some embossing powder.  It's one of the easiest and oldest techniques but it's always amazing!!!   
Finally for the greeting I pulled out some Black cardstock.  I'm slightly obsessed with the Black, I've been using it All. The. Time. Lately. So here's where I brought out my white embossing powder.  I used the 'It's Your Celebration' from the Life's Adventures stamp set.  And the 'Sparkle' is from a new set that will be available soon!!!!  A little black Bakers Twine pulls it all together!!  I'm so glad I went with the glitter!  Looking at it now I think it would have been a little over powering all in white :)  It's good to be flexible and go with the flow when you're stamping :)
Thanks for looking, see you tommorrow!!!