Sunday, January 21, 2018

Scrapbook Sunday








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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

PTI January "Create Along With Us" Challenge

Hello crafty friends! Today I am participating in the PaperTrey Ink January challenge. I love an opportunity to play with whatever is in my stash :)


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I found some inspiration from Melissa Phillips, one of the PTI Design Team members. She made this adorable tag/bookmark with on upbeat message.

First off, that tag is, like, my favorite die... just about ever. LOVE it, use it all the time. Maybe more than I use the PTI Wine Bottle Tag die. Or the SU Eastern Medallion dies. But not more than the SU Stitched Shapes. OK, I have a lot of favorite dies 😁

I chose to use the same shape, and find another upbeat message. It is kind of a "laugh in the face of life" message. And I love it!! The set id called Book Club. And the leaves and dots are from Embellished Elegance.

This needed to be something I could give to a man. I had actually just read an article about the high rate of suicide in doctors. This is something that I was already aware of. And I see the discouragement with our dysfunctional health care system and lack of support from our society for those who are broken, in our doctors (and nurses-we are definitely in this together) all around me.

I thought of one doctor that I work with in particular who I feel needs some cheering up. And I think he would enjoy this. I know it can't fix anything, but maybe he will have a moment of joy from it.


I used SU Tranquil Tides, Emerald Envy, and Lemon Lime Twist to sponge and blend the background. The images are from Embellished Elegance stamped with the two darkest colors. And the dots are stamped with the Hero Arts Vintage Metallic Rust Ombre ink pad.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday

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Well, this blog hop sure snuck up on me! Or maybe it was the post holiday season over relaxation, lol! I finally started my project, using the awesome Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set, on Sunday morning. Talk about cutting it short 😉

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Ann Schach's blog. I am certain that she has come up with a gorgeous card to share with us!

So, I have been playing with color blends again, and this was such a bright and cheery combo that I had to use it on a birthday card.

The color combo is Flirty Flamingo, Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tranquil Tide. With Copper heat embossing, and White Shimmer embossing paste. 

When it was done, I thought "Holy crap! I just made a watermelon card. In January...."

Isabelle, one of my new grandchildren, must be wearing off on me. She loves watermelon, and asks for it every time she comes to the house. Even though she knows there isn't any. 😁

The inside is Copper heat embossed too. I love that the Thick Whisper White cardstock can handle that! I think senitments look amazing heat embossed.

That is all I have for you this time, I waited too long to play. And I made this while my grandson was playing next to me with Legos. "Gramma, look at this!" Music to my ears, but tough to get a lot done.

And now, Charlet Mallett! I can't wait to see what creatively genius way she uses this set.


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Friday, January 12, 2018

Inky Friends: Time to Sale-A-Brate

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Sale-A-Bration time is here, and my Inky Friends and I want to share some fun ideas for all the free goodies you can earn between January 3-March 31 this year. Stampin' Up! has quite the wonderful selection for us, and I can't wait to play with them ALL!

If Sale-A-Bration is a new concept for you, let me explain a little bit. Once a year, Stampin' Up! has a period of time that you can earn extra free product with every $50 US that you spent on product. This year, there are bigger and better offerings for each $100 US in product! Check out this year's selections here!

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Rhonda Griffin's blog where she used Lots of Lavender. How beautiful, right?!

Well, I decided to use the slightly grungy and funky stamp set, Epic Celebrations. You all know how much I like to do masculine stuff, surrounded by the manly type as I am 😄

I thoroughly enjoyed doing this Sahara Sand watercolor wash, then doing some simple watercoloring of each image from Epic Celebrations by Stampin Up.
My first card was created before Christmas, and I thoroughly enjoyed doing this Sahara Sand watercolor wash, then doing some simple watercoloring of each image. I had just gotten the Super Duper stamp set when it was on sale, and thought that it was the perfect sentiment for this background!

Then, Stampin' Up! announced that the paper ribbon would be pulled from the Occasions catalog due to problems with the manufacturer in China... sad, but a very responsible action from SU. I am sure you can think of a dozen other ways to embellish this though!

 Inside, I stamped off some Lemon Lime Twist to do the tennies behind the sentiment that comes in the set.

Sponging with stamping over it makes a sweet blend with Epic Celebrations stamp set. Which you can get free with a $50 US purchase! Details, more cards, and clickable supply list on the blog ~Tanya Boser
I have been playing around with blending our inks on white cardstock with sponges, then spritzing with some water.

I have found that taping the paper down to a board eliminates any warping you would get from the water.

The color combo here is Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, and Berry Burst.

I stamped the images in the sames inks to continue the gradient effect. And the Eastern Medallions dies had to come out to play 😍

Then I wanted to try a more masculine and dramatic color combo. This is Fresh Fig, Pumpkin Pie, and Crushed Curry. That could sound very Halloween-like, but I think it works for this birthday card for any time of the year.

My next blend was Smoky Slate and Bermuda Bay. Don't you love it?! I know I am going to use this again soon.

There is also some coloring with Blends in Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, and Smoky Slate. And yes, I fussy cut all of those images. And I didn't hate it!! I think fussy cutting is growing on me. Which should be good for my wallet 😆

Do you love the Silver Shimmer Embossing Paste? It is gorgeous in real life. And I love me a good stencil! Pattern Party masks really fill that need.

The sentiments on this card are from the fabulous Five For All stamp set. It was one of the first stamp sets I got from the new Annual catalog because it has so many awesome sentiments!

Speaking of stencils, I have had this stencil laying around for a while. I created it with my Silouette and some masking blanks I found cheap at a local craft store.

This guitar is colored with Blends again, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, and Smoky Slake this time. I used the same color combo for blending on this one as the other pink card in this post.

And check out the shimmer on that sentiment and the guitar! That is Clear Wink of Stella.

Inside, I used a sentiment from High Tide stamp set. There are a ton of great sentiments in that set! I find myself buying sets for the sentiments lately... maybe because Stampin' Up! is really coming out with some great ones!

OK, now it is time to head over to Yapha Mason's blog. She is working with Bubbles and Fizz DSP!

http://yaphamason.com/blog/2018/01/12/time-to-sale-a-brate-with-inky-friends/

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Playing with PTI: Year of Psalms

So, you all know that I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. And that I love SU products.

But I must confess, I love lots of different stamp manufacturers stuff. And I buy from other companies too. I am sure that if you are an avid crafter, you do too. 

Well, this year I have decided that I need to share more of the projects that I make when I give myself permission to use whatever I have in my stash without regard to the maker of the supplies.

I also believe that we should use what is in our stash! I mean, we bought it to use it, right?! At least, I did. Sometimes I need to pet it for a while before I actually use it though 😉

So to that end, I am starting this off with a bunch of cards that I created using the PaperTrey Ink Year of Psalms: June mini set. Perfect for an ongoing project I started this fall!

 I recently started making cards for card ministry at the church I go to. If you can call attending services a handful of times in the last 20 years....what can I say! I work shift work. And I believe God is not just in the church, but in our lives all the time. And that he has a twisted sense of humor 😃

I love to play with color, and decided to just go for it! I am pretty sure I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks here, Tumbled Glass and Broken China- if I remember correctly...

This is just some white cardstock, not watercolor, and I used the Ink Smooching technique. Smooch the ink pads onto a nonporous surface, like a teflon sheet/craft mat, spritz with water, and smooch your paper into the ink. Sprinkle water on the dried panel and dab off some ink to create the splash marks.

I then took a retired Oval die from Stampin' Up! and cut out the center of the panel. The sentiment is done with Onyx Black Versafine ink and Clear Heat embossed.

I ran out of plain Clear embossing powder this summer, and dug through my stash. Do you remember the scented embossing powder SU carried a few years ago? Well, I had a tub of the Peppermint scented stuff, so I dumped it in my Clear embossing powder container and started using it up too! I am almost through that too... I guess I emboss a lot 😉

With these, I sponged the colors onto the cardstock, then sprinkled with water and dabbed off some ink.

On the white background version, I embossed with the Seaside embossing folder from Stampin' Up!

The card on the left was created by picking up the last of the ink on the craft mat after the first 2 cards in the post were done.

And the card on the right is more sponging with a scene using more of the images from the stamp set.

So, what product in your craft room is just begging for you to go play with it?


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Bella & Friends

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Happy New Year! 2017 was a very eventful year for all of us, and 2018 promises to bring more! The Stamp Review Crew is helping you start the year with a stamp set that has been around for a couple years, but is so adorable! And has been in need of the spotlight for a while now 😊 Bella and Friends stamp set, with it's sweet little dog, parrot, and turtle! It is a great set to use with the new Blends.

For those who are new to the Stamp Review Crew, here is a little background. We are an international group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators that gets together on the first and third Mondays of every month to do a blog hop. Each hop features a single stamp set to give you loads of inspiration for that set! The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog, and you will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want! And you can click on the banner of this post to go to the master blog roll for this hop also.

If you are following along in order, you just arrived from Lou Kitzelman's blog. Her work is just beautiful!


To start my projects, I stamped all of the images out on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Not the thick version, the standard version. It seems to take the markers better.

Then I went to town with the coloring with my Blendas!

After I colored and cut them all out, then I started deciding what I wanted to with them all.

This parrot just seemed to need a fancy masked heart behind him.

I created a mask with the Sweet and Sassy heart die, sponged the first layer of Lemon Lime Twist.

Then I lay the medallion mask from Pattern Party pack over the mask and sponged a second layer of Lemon Lime Twist.

Shifted the medallion mask a bit, and sponged a third layer of Lemon Lime Twist.


Did this on the inside too, and added a sentiment from All Things Thanks to finish it off.

This card was made in the same fashion, but I smudged the panel with Cherry ink, so I die cut the heart, and flipped the panel. Adding a little texture with the the Pine Planks embossing folder was a fun touch too.

I was able to create a fluffy feeling to this dog's coat by adding the darker marker in a flicking motion.


Then I decided to play with the brand new White Shimmer Paste. Love it! The shimmer in real life is amazing. The fact that I could get some of it to show in the photograph speaks volumes for the amount of shimmer! I used the Ivory and Color Lifter Blends to color this nearly white puppy.


For the inside of this one, I stamped the balloon a few times and used a Blender pen with Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, and Pumpkin Pie ink for the lids of the inkpads.


Since I had so much fun with the White Shimmer Paste, I decided to play with the Silver Paste!


I didn't quite let the paste dry long enough when I laid the image strip over the top and die cut the circle. But I'm going to go with it!

And now, Adriana Benitez!! I love her clean style!


Escape2stamp.blogspot.com/2017/12/stamp-review-crew-Bella-friends.html

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