Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator since 2007
Welcome to my little ole' stamping blog! I'm so glad that you stopped by! I have lots of creative things to share with you with the occasional life post thrown in! Come on in, relax and stay awhile! :)

Friday, October 20, 2017

I believe in you!

Hello!  I know I do not need to tell you, but life is hard!!  Some days it is much more of a challenge than other days and sometimes you just need a little boost from a buddy to get you through.  I made a card today to offer just such a boost!    I have lots of friends going through things right now and I just wanted to send all of them a little bit of encouragement!!  So, this card is for you if you are having a tough day or if you are feeling down or if you are feeling like the world is dumping on you in massive proportions!  I offer you the sentiment behind this card and a great big hug!! :)

This stamp set is so much fun!!  I happen to be a big fan of mermaids and this one is an absolute beauty!!  My card base is Basic Gray and I added a layer of Pool Party and then Whisper White.  I wanted to add some ocean colors, but did not want to color the whole background.  I went with Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive.  I stamped the squares in that order cascading down the page with a clear block!!  How cool is that?!  I added some flow-y seaweed and some air bubbles and the background was complete!

I used several of the new Stampin' Blends to color in the mermaid and then covered her in Wink of Stella!  She glimmers and glistens just like a mermaid should! After  I colored her I fussy cut her and added her to the card using dimensionals.  I stamped my sentiment and punched it out with a circle punch and then punched out a slightly larger circle to mat it against.  The new Blends will be available November 1st to purchase!!!  Woooooo!

After she was on the card I added a shadow with the Smoky Slate Bends marker.   It is subtle, but gives the illusion that she is floating! I really think it is the little details that make a card so much fun!

This is how I created the colored blocks in the background!  You can use any block and any stamp pad!  You can make it a darker sploosh of color by stamping directly or you can stamp off once on a scrap of paper and then stamp your project for a lighter shade!

Here are the goodies that I used to make this little card today:

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Any big plans for the weekend?  Hope you are able to do something really fun!  Thank you for stopping by!  I look forward to seeing you again soon!  Have a great day!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Painted Harvest hi!

Hello there!  I have been playing with the Painted Harvest stamp set again this morning and think I may have a new all time favorite  (ever!!)!  It is just so pretty and it has so many project possibilities!  Today I went with pinks, because well I love them! LOL  You could switch the colors up on this card though and totally change the look and feel.  Here is the card I went with today in all of it's pinkness:

My card base is Crumb Cake and the next two layers are Blushing Bride and Whisper White.  I stamped the Hardwood stamp set in Crumb Cake and added a Whisper White Stitched circle with a Scalloped Crumb Cake circle behind it.

I stamped my leaves on Old Olive in Garden Green and added the flower with a dimensional.  The leaves are tucked underneath so that the flower looks fuller.  The flower center is Crumb Cake.

I used the Large Letter framelits to cut out my letters.  I cut them out once in Blushing Bride and then a second time in Basic Black and adhered them together just barely offsetting them for a 3D look.

For the flower I used a Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo combo! (*giggles!*  I rhymed!) LOL I stamped the Blushing Bride, inked up again and turned the stamp a little bit and stamped again right on top of the first one.  Then I stamped the Melon Mambo on top of that.  That top more detailed stamp really makes the flower.  It adds all those awesome nooks and crannies.

Wanted to show you a couple of different flowers I made using the same color combo.  The difference in the two is that I stamped off (ink, stamp once on a scrap piece of paper and then stamp on your project)  on the left hand one whereas the right hand one is full strength. Stamping off gives you different shades within one stamp pad.  Pretty cool, actually! 

Here are the goodies that I used to make my card today:

I am really enjoying playing with this stamp set!  I am offering an upcoming class using this set and cannot wait!!  I am considering offering the class by mil as well.  If this is something you think you might be interested in zip me an email and we can talk it over! :)

I hope you have a wonderful day!  I will be back soonest with more to share!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hello friend...!

Hi there!  How are you today?  I was thinking about it this morning while I was making my card and decided that I am very lucky to have so many really wonderful people in my life!  Being a Navy brat means that I have traveled a lot;  which also means I have had the opportunity to meet lots of people!  I am fortunate to still be in contact with folks I went to high school with (waving....goooo Panthers!) and then throughout my adult life I have met and bonded with many amazing people.  Stamping has also introduced me to lots of fantastic new friends. I have discovered over the years that crafter's have gigantic hearts and make super duper friends.  I have struggled a lot this year with some personal issues and my stamping buddies have been there and seen me through some very difficult times.  For that and for them I am grateful.  Today my card is a warm and fuzzy shout out to the folks I am lucky enough to call friends. Much love, my friends...

Fall is in the air and definitely played an inspirational part in this card today!  My card base is Pumpkin Pie with a piece of DSP from the Painted Autumn pack on top of it.  On top of that is a piece of Very Vanilla which I ran through the Pinewood Planks EF.  Those fun pine branches are from the Pretty Pines Thinlits set.  

I used the Stitched Shapes and Layering Squares Framelits for the image.  I tripled matted it sandwiching Gold Foil in the center.  I used an Early Espresso Marker to add the dots onto the scallops.  The sentiment is from the Hello Friend set and I used circle punches to mat it and popped it up on a dimensional.

I added a little linen thread bow tie to the center and added some gold foil accent dots.

Wanted to share a tip with you!  Any time you mat layers you should see if you can use the centers of the paper.  This will save paper and because it gets hidden under the next layer no one will ever even know!  It is win win!  Here I cut out the center of my DSP and flipped it over.  The other side is where I got the cool pumpkins.  I fussy cut them and assembled the whole thing making the best use of my paper. See!  Win win! 

Here are all of the goodies that I used today to make my card:

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I hope that you have a wonderful day!  I will be back soonest with more to share!