Saturday, June 23, 2012

Stampin' Trends #1

     I had a fun idea for a series last week that I can't wait to share with you! I recently recreated a card I loved in Paper Crafts Magazine using only Stampin' Up products, and I had so much fun that I've decided to make it an ongoing challenge.  Hopefully these posts will help you find new and interesting ways to use your Stampin' Up stash or whatever product line is your favorite. Let's get started!

     This week's card, designed by Becky Cowley, was featured in the May/June issue of Paper Crafts on page 29. Thanks for the inspiration, Becky!

     For my version, I used More Mustard Cardstock for my card base. I created the Crumb Cake background using the Travel Journal builder wheel stamped in Crumb Cake and the flourish from Creative Elements stamped in Soft Suede. 

     I used the Everyday Enchantment paper pack to create the stitched element on the side, layering each 1" x 1 3/4" piece from the bottom up over a base piece of scrap cardstock. I then stitched the whole thing using white embroidery floss after poking holes using the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack. (My sewing machine is dead in the water or I wouldn't normally hand stitch anything!) I layered this element over a ruffle of Victoria Crochet Trim and my greeting.

     For the greeting, I cut a piece of First Edition DSP with my Framelits label die and stamped the "Thanks" from the retired Rue Des Fleurs stamp set in Basic Black ink. I inked the edges in black and adhered the label under the crochet trim.

     The highlight of Becky's card was the beautiful rose motif featured on her label. I used the retired Baby Blossoms set to try to recreate her heirloom roses using stamped off Pumpkin Pie and Real Red ink, Pool Party for the bitty blossoms, and Lucky Limeade for the leaves. I couldn't resist adding just a touch of glitter to the roses and bitty blossoms!

     This card reminds me of a farmhouse kitchen, and I had a blast making it! I hope this project inspires you to pull out your favorite paper crafting magazine and recreate your favorite project using just your Stampin' Up (or other favorite)product line.

     Have a great weekend, my friends!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Creative Elements Collage

     Hi, my friends! It's a beautiful day under the Big Sky today! My daughters and I spent the morning walking in a parade for a good cause, and we soaked up a lot of vitamin D and met some wonderful people. I will try to share photos soon, but I'm too tech-unsavvy to figure out how to get the pictures off my phone. (Maybe one of the girls can do it for me!)

     Today's project is inspired by a fellow SplitCoast Stamper, Genesis. Thanks, Genesis, for sharing this gorgeous idea! The collage uses the Creative Elements Stamp set with its cool flourishes and floral images. This is a quick, fun card with a lot of vintage appeal.

     I didn't quite have all of Genesis's colors on hand, so I used Rose Red, Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede. Some hand-dyed seam binding would make a great alternative to the Pool Party ribbon.

    That's all for today, friends! I'm off to put a cold compress on the sunburn I earned today. Hope you have a great weekend!   

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Gettin' Taggy

     Sometimes I just feel like pulling out the inks and going free-style with some tags. I don't think I've given away many tags, so I have a pretty big collection, but there's something about the pure creativity of a blank canvas that you can alter like crazy that really appeals to me. (Sometimes I have a huge back-log of cards too, and as much as I love card-making, that pile is staring at me waiting to be mailed!)

     Last weekend I did two tags. The first used some unusual colors (Pool Party and Pumpkin Pie) and one of my favorite stamp sets, Rue Des Fleurs, a retired SU set with awesome vintage images. I used a few images from Creative Elements too, which I've used SOOO much already.

     For the second tag, I went totally Tim Holtz. I inked, then embossed the umbrella man, inked some more, masked some clouds, and then distressed with acrylic paint. I wanted to give the effect of sunshine coming out after rain. It's been a while since I pulled out the Tim Holtz, and I had lots of fun!

Thanks for stopping by today, my friends!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Father's Day

     Father's Days have been hard for me ever since my parents split up a few years back. I don't have a good relationship with my dad, but this year I'm going to make an effort to at least send a card that lets him know I'm thinking of him. I'm sure this holiday is hard for a lot of dads and kids alike. Divorce is a painful thing, and something I never thought would happen in my family. 

     I made a few versions of the same card for my husband, dad-in-law, and my dad, and they're all slightly different but use the same sponged background of light blue clouds. This SU set "Lovely as a Tree" is one of my most used and is great for masculine cards.

     I hope you have a great weekend with all the wonderful men in your life! I'm still working on something special for Matt, the love of my life, and an absolutely AMAZING father. All the best, my friends!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Creative Elements and Favorites Revisited

     Hey, friends! This week I broke out some of my SU goodies and worked up a few exclusively SU cards to display at an upcoming show. Sometimes it's hard to limit myself to one product line, but I've found that I'm sometimes less overwhelmed with creativity when I have some guidelines to follow. 
     My newest stash addition is a set called Creative Elements. I used this set to work up a bright, fun and summery birthday pocket card using white, daffodil delight, rich razzleberry, certainly celery, and my all-time favorite color, pool party. 

I made a cute bookmark for a card stuffer for a later project as well:

This set is so versatile. I know I'll use it a lot!

     Next I broke out my tried-and-true fallback set for all elegant cards: Artistic Etchings. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to create the background paper on this one as well. SU doesn't carry a gray ribbon right now, so this is some Offray that I found at Joann Fabrics. I embossed the Eiffel Tower in black and used crumb cake and cherry cobbler inks to create a simple collage. This card was inspired by one of my favorite YouTube SU demonstrators, Joan. Here's a link to her channel.

My last card this week is a simple Father's Day card. I created a mixed pastel background and then stamped the tree image (from Lovely as a Tree) over the top for a messy watercolor effect. This would look even cooler with the image embossed in black over the top, I think. I'll try that next time.

Hope your weekend has been truly wonderful! Thanks for stopping by!