Saturday, April 17, 2021

One Recipe, Two Cards

I had a team meeting this past week and challenged them with a card recipe.  I also challenged them to make a horizontal and vertical layout with the pieces.  I played along with them and although I got a bit frustrated with having only two squares to work with, managed to figure out two cards using retiring DSP.

The recipe included : Card Base 8 1/2" X 5 1/2",  a mat 4" X 5 1/4", two squares measuring 2" X 2", a greeting, and some sort of embellishment.

For my first card I've used the True Love DSP.  I fussy cut the flowers out of the DSP and coloured them with the new Pale Papaya and Soft Succulent and the centre is coloured with Daffodil Delight.  I don't have the Stampin' Blends in these colours yet, so I've just used my Stampin' Markers.  The greeting from this card is from the new  Hand-Penned Petals.  I love the handwriting in this set.  I've actually added another piece to this card - The black mat is what I specified in the recipe, but the DSP measures 3 3/4" X 5". The flowers and the greeting have both been raised with dimensionals.

I went a bit overboard with the gold accents on this card but I like it.  Again I've added an extra mat so the Gold Foil measures 4" X 5 1/4" and the DSP measures 3 3/4" X 5".  Because I also matted the squares, the Gold Foil pieces for them measure 2 1/8" X 2 1/8" - I didn't want them to add a lot of extra size to the pieces.  The squares have been distressed around the edges using sponge daubers and Garden Green ink.  The little gold sprigs come from the Forever Gold Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Finally, the greeting comes from the Forever Fern stamp set, has been embossed in gold and is on one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits

The Designer Series Paper for both of these cards (including the Forever Gold Specialty Paper) is retiring at the end of the month.  So get them before they run out.  Also, remember that the Clearance Rack was refreshed with products.  

I've been working on refinishing a coffee table with my daughter.  We sanded it down yesterday in the sunshine and are going to continue working on staining it today  - in the sunshine.  Temperatures drop again tomorrow, so we take the heat and sun while we can.

Hope things are sunny in your corner of the world.  Thanks for dropping by!



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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Quiet Meadows In-Colour

 Today I am using the new Quiet Meadows stamp set with coordinating Meadow Dies and I have managed to use all five of the new In-Colours.

There is only one tall floral image in this stamp set but there are lots of silhouette dies which is what drew me to this Bundle.  I've only used one of the dies here, but I flipped it for a mirror image.  Lots of possibilities.  The floral image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black with the flowers coloured in with Fresh Freesia and the leaves with Soft Succulent.

The base of the card is Fresh Freesia with a mat in Soft Succulent.  I have stamped the distressed words onto Basic White with the Evening Evergreen and cut the two silhouettes out of the Evening Evergreen also.  The greeting has been stamped in Pale Papaya and I slipped some of the matching ribbon through the tag.  Finally, the butterfly has been die cut with Polished Pink and a matching jewel is used for her head.

I tried using the Stamparatus for stamping the distressed words, but couldn't wrap my head around I pulled out my retired Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the blocks of writing.

That's it for today. We've got gorgeous spring weather here today - soon the meadows will be blooming.

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Birthday Jar of Flowers

I started this card yesterday while I was waiting for alcohol to dry; thought I better finish it before I play with the new products I received as Happy Mail yesterday.  But more about that later.

All of the products used for this card are being carried over to the New Catalogue.  Yay!  Designer Series Paper rarely gets carried over, but the In Good Taste package is, and I'm glad.  I love the tiles, bricks and wood textures in the series.  So, I've used a piece of the tiles as a background for my card.  Paired with the Highland Heather card stock it almost looks purple-ish.  

The flowers have been stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured in with Stampin' Blends....Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Highland Heather, Light Pumpkin Pie and both shades of Granny Apple Green.  I fussy cut the flower section out and used the coordinating jar punch.  The little greeting comes from Many Messages and the coordinating Messages Die.

Jar of Flowers - 152515 - $31.00
Jar Punch - 152703 - $24.00

I mentioned that I received some Happy Mail yesterday  - I got my Pre-Order of products in the New Catalogue.  WooHoo.  And since I finally have the supplies I can introduce the new In-Colours for 2021-2023.

Which ones do you think will become your favourite?  I'm leaning towards the Soft Succulent and Pale Papaya.  They'll even work well together.

And, I'm loving the coordinating ribbon and jewels.  I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't order the Stampin' Blends, but there's always a next order.

And a final bit of news......the Clearance Rack has been refreshed with more products.  I took a peek at it and there are lots of Christmas supplies available.....WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

You can shop at my on-line Store HERE.  To have your name put into a draw for a gift from me - remember to use the April Host Code, noted in the sidebar, when you are checking out with your order.

That's it for today,  Thanks for dropping in.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Playing with Alcohol and Stampin' Blend Markers


Today I played with my Stampin' Blends markers and rubbing alcohol.  I've done this before on a previous post, but today I have included some photos to show the steps.  I chose to use the Dandelion Wishes stamp set because of the transparent images.  That way they didn't take away from the background.  This stamp set is on the retiring list.

My supplies were a piece of Vellum Cardstock, the largest Water Painter (empty of water), Stampin' Blend Markers in Dark Highland Heather, Dark Balmy Blue and Dark Pool Party, and finally some alcohol, at 99%USP, in a small container.  The higher percentage the better.

I added colour to the Vellum with the markers.  I went to the edge of the cardstock this time but you don't have to since the colours do spread.  I also overlapped the colours a bit making sure that I was working from the lightest colour to the darkest.

Next, I picked up some alcohol with the Water Painter and began dabbing it onto the coloured sections.  You can see in the photo above that the ink responds right away.  Continue adding alcohol to the brush and dabbing on all sections until the colours react.

You'll have inks blending together so you want to make sure that you have used colours that compliment each other and don't turn into brown mud.  While the surface is still wet you can pick it up and tip it to make the colours run together more or move to a different section.

Even if you have moved the ink around, you won't know what you've ended up with until the alcohol has dried and this doesn't take too long depending on how much you've used.  If you are happy with the end result go ahead and finish your card.  I generally use too much alcohol and end up diluting my colours so I add more.

To add more colour in the lighter sections, just colour with the Stampin' Blends to fill them in.

Repeat the process with adding alcohol with the Water Painter, letting it dry, and adding more colour as needed until you end up with the result you want.

I added ink two more times until I ended up with the above background. 

To finish off the card, I stamped the images and greeting with Versa Mark and used Black Embossing Powder.  I love my Black embossing powder and will continue to use it until it runs out.  I'm sad it's no longer in the catalogue.  Anyway - I like how bold the images are when embossed.  I did use the embossing buddy prior to embossing!  I didn't want to take the chance of any extra black adhering to the edges of the colours.

The background has been attached to a piece of white cardstock using Mini Glue Dots.  I chose white, but you can try different colours to see which effect works best for you.  The base of my card is Pool Party.
And that's all there is to it.  It's a fun technique but you have to be patient with the colours and let them do their thing.  You will never end up with two pieces the same which is half the fun!

That's all for today - I hope the photos and explanations are of help to you.

Dandelion Wishes - 151345 - $27.00

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Oh Happy Day!

"Silhouette Scenes" is one of those stamp sets, of mine, which didn't get enough use while it was in the catalogue; and now it is retiring.  I used the children a lot, but not the couple under the umbrella.  And, this tree die was only used a handful of times as well.

For today's card, I used the Blending Brushes to create the background.  First I punched a circle out of a piece of cardstock and brushed in the colour, Daffodil Delight, for the sun.  Next, I used the punched circle as a mask and brushed on Balmy Blue for the sky.

I used the Stamparatus to stamp the image of the little girl on the swing after having used the tree die to determine where the stamp should go.  I used the Stamparatus primarily because this is a negative image stamp and I was able to stamp twice to get a bold black colour with no difficulty.

The new "Many Messages" stamp set was used for the greeting.  It is currently in the Mini Catalogue but will be carried over to the upcoming Annual Catalogue.   Woo Hoo! I have had a little difficulty getting all of the greetings stamped at once, so I've come up with an alternate method of getting the greetings I want and their coordinating tag.  

I ink up the words I want in the colour I want on a scrap piece of cardstock; making sure there is enough room for the placement of the die.

Next, I match the greeting to the coordinating tag on the Messages Die and use a little retired Washi Tape to adhere the cardstock to the die.  This way I don't have to worry about the die slipping around while I'm cutting it with the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine.

I sometimes end up with some extra greetings and that's fine.  I just keep them together for future use.  The big trick is to remember that I have them and go through the little pile when I want to use this set.  It may take a little time to work this way, but I've found it better than smudging a whole set of greetings.

The exciting thing is that there is another stamp set coming up in the New Annual Catalogue which matches the Messages Die.  So there will be lots of little greetings to choose from.

That is it for today.  Remember there are only 23 days left to get any of the retiring products....while supplies last.

Thanks for stopping by today,


Silhouette Scenes - 149332 - $31.00 - Retiring

Many Messages - 154510 - $30.00  Messages Die - 154422 - $46.00

Stamparatus - 146276 - $67.00

Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine - 149653 - $163.00

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Free as a Bird Hello

This afternoon I am attending a virtual On Tour 2021 put on by Stampin'Up!  I had to make a card to share and this is it.  I've been wanting to do the Retiform technique (Grid Technique) for quite a while and it works quite well with the "Free as a Bird" stamp set.   You want to use a stamp set that has a variety of images included so you can fill all the areas.  For my card, I "borrowed"  the ends of the central image for two of the spaces.  You don't need a lot of supplies - just a lot of scrap paper.

I've used Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz with the new Blending Brushes to add colour.  The stamped images are all done in Memento Tuxedo Black and the retired Stamp-a-ma-jig was used to make sure that the "Hello"s all lined up.

HERE is a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers on how to do this technique.

That's it for now.  Thanks for dropping in.  Have the birds returned yet to your neck of the woods?


Free As A Bird - 149468 - $30.00

Friday, April 9, 2021

Thirty Birthday Wishes

 Today's card is totally cased except for the embossed background, the greeting and the number 30.  I saw the card, fell in love with it and thought it would be perfect for my daughter's 30th birthday, which is today.  Her favourite colour is pink (I've used Rococo Rose) and she loves bling.  I cased the card from Karen Henderson at Furry Cat Designs. I like a lot of her cards!

For the background I've used the Parisian Flourish Embossing Folder.  The butterflies all come from the Brilliant Wings dies.  Their bodies are from retired strings of Rhinestones.  I still have a bunch of these strings and they work perfectly for insects. All of the butterflies have been popped up with dimensionals.

The Playful Alphabet dies had the perfect sized numbers for tucking the 30 into the corner.

The Birthday Wishes stamp is from the Itty Bitty Birthday sets which is retiring at the end of this month. (Everything else on the card is carrying over into the new Catalogue.)  I actually used the new Messages Dies to get the label.  I didn't take the chance of placing the stamp perfectly on the label, so I stamped the greeting onto a small piece of cardstock, centered it under the label I wanted and adhered it with a piece of washi tape.  That way, when I put it through the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, it wouldn't move around.  Viola! It worked perfectly.

 That's it for today - I'll just share a picture of the birthday girl before I go.

Thanks for dropping by - Joan

Brilliant Wings - 155523 - $60.00

Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder - 151474 - $13.50