Friday, February 5, 2016

Hello ~ one more time!

Still playing around with the Hello Stamp set!  This time I decided to use the little sunshine stamp, and a lot more washi tape!!

I love the new Sunburst die, it is so fun!  I knew I wanted to use it with this stamp set.  I cut out the sunburst in Crushed Curry. 

The Hello is stamped in Basic Gray and there is a fun Gold Doily behind the main image.

I used a lot of washi tape on this one!  The tape is all from the It's My Party washi tape collection. 
To make sure the tape was at the same angle as the "Hello"  I lined up ruler with the words and used it as a guide.

I used markers to ink up the little hat. 

Thanks for stopping by!!  Don't forget, the Hello Stamp set is only available until February 15, Free with a $50 purchase.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hello~ again!

Hello again everyone!  I have been embossing and water coloring the Hello stamp set again!  This time I embossed in Gold.

  I made some banners out of Watercolor paper and used Versa Mark and Gold embossing powder on the Hello Stamp.  Then I used an Aqua Painter and Pool Party to add some color behind the word Hello.  

To make the striped background I first used an Aqua Painter with no ink on it to draw the lines.  This will help the inky water to go where you want it to go. 

I then added the Pool Party ink to the lines of water.

I also painted three little flowers. 

This card uses some of the lovely Gold Fancy Designer Vellum paper, this is really pretty paper and instantly makes a stunning card. 

The idea for the Gold card came from this one on the Stampin' Up! website. 

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Hello ~ With Watercolor

Hello everyone!
Today I wanted to showcase the "Hello" Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  You may not have noticed, or maybe if you are super observant you have, that some of the items in the Sale-A-Bration catalog are not available during the whole sale.  There are three items that will end on February 15th.   The Hello stamp set, the Sky's the Limit stamp set and the Perfectly Artistic designer series paper.  These are actually my favorites so I will be sad to see them go.  I decided to play around with the Hello set this week and if you visit my blog often you will know that I love to watercolor.  I searched through my scraps of watercolor paper and found three good sized to work with.
   I started by embossing all three pieces with the large "Hello" stamp.  Then I chose a few color combinations and got to work.

Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder and Pale Plumb.

Soft Sky, Marina Mist and Night of Navy.

Gumball Green, Island Indigo and Night of Navy.

I have a quick tip for inking up some of your skinny stamps.  The skinny stamps, mostly words and sentiments, can often rock into the ink pad when you are inking them up.
I like to ink them with my Stampin' Write Markers instead, so that I could better control the coverage and keep the ink off the edges. 

Another thing that can happen when you paint over an embossed image is that some colors tend to just slide right off the glossy embossing, and others can sit on top of them a bit, such as the Gumball Green in this photo (its even more apparent in person).  Once the watercolor is dry, just rub over the embossed area with a tissue and the remaining ink will come off the image.  You can see that the card in the finished sample has no green on the top of the Hello.

I used markers to ink up the little party hats and stamped them onto watercolor paper as well. then I used the aqua painter to go over the image lightly so that the hats matched the watercolor cards better.  I then cut them out and used a glue dot to attach them.

I recently reorganized some of my craft supplies and realized that I have a LOT of washi tape.  I can't seem to help myself when I see it on such a great sale on the Clearance rack?!  Seriously $1.99 for a three pack?  Too hard to resist. Anyway, I decided that rather than hoard it, I should use it. I thought that a nice addition to my cards would be to add a funner inside and I added a bit of fun tape to the bottom of the area used to write on.  I also had a skinny strip of glimmer paper in my scrap pile so I decided that rather then throw it away, I would use it to add some fun to the inside of the Birthday Girl card.

Here is my Washi Tape stash, quite a bit don't you think?

I hope that you liked today's projects.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Welcome Words

Hi Everyone.  Today I am showing a page and quick cards I made with the Welcome Words stamp set from Stampin' Up!   I needed a super fast baby card last week and made one with the Welcome Words set. I forgot to take a photo of it and it was really cute, similar to the one here but with a baby elephant added.  I had the stamp set out on the desk and decided to make a Welcome card for the new neighbor down the street and whipped up another girl baby card while the supplies were still all out on my desk.  The cards then inspired me to make a page!  I had some photos of the birth of my first son David that are long over due for being made into scrapbook page!  He is now 14!!   This stamp set is really a nice addition to my stamps, I love that it has multiple uses.

The sweet little turtles are from the Designer Series Paper pack called Sweet Li'l things.
Hope you are inspired to go create something fun!  Don't forget that Stampin' Up! is having a great sale right now, Sale-A-Bration!  For every $50 in purchases you make, you can choose a free product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!   Check out the Sale-A-Bration catalog here!!
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What a Great Idea!! Chrismtas Card Organization.

What do you do with the Christmas cards you receive each year?  I keep mine, and they end up in a box and get all jumbled up and mixed up with other years.  I like to keep them because I love to see the photos of family and friends and how the kids grow each year, and to see the handmade cards from my Stamping and arty friends and to help me remember people and their warm wishes throughout the years.   Well, as I was visiting a blog recently I saw this great idea!  Ashley Marostica is a Stampin' Up! blogger and demonstrator who does a lot scrapbooking and I like to check out her page ideas.  On this day she was showing what she does with her Christmas cards and I just had to copy her idea!!  

I grouped the cards by size and type to keep the look neater.  

Handmade art and cards on the top.

Some photo cards.

larger cards in the back.  And you can still open them and read them. 

I added the year on the front.  The numbers are from a Project Life by Stampin' Up! stamp set called Hello Baby.  The Project Life stamps are great for memory keeping, there are lots of month stamps and numbers for dates and ages.  
Check out all the Project Life by Stampin' Up! stamps here.

Here is how I put it together.  I started with some cardboard that I had saved from some other product wrap, like the hard cardboard that comes with some of the more fragile papers like the metallic foil paper, or the cardboard that is in some of the My Paper Pumpkin kits.  I always keep some of this around until I feel that my hoard is getting a bit big and then I thin it out.   I cut the heavy board in to 8 by 6.  You can look at your Christmas cards and decide what size works best for you. 

Next I cut some Designer Series paper one inch bigger, so in my case 9 by 7 inches.  I then clipped off the corners. 

Next I wrapped the paper around the board. I used a really strong adhesive so that it would hold up to the pressure, Fast Fuse.  I also added a nice liner for a cleaner look. 

Next I decided where to put the rings.  You can decide if you want two or three, depending on what size you make your book.  I added three rings, spaced at 2, 4 and 6 inches. 

I used rings I had from a previous project.  These are 1 inch and next time I buy some I will look for slightly bigger, maybe 1 1/2 as my book got pretty full and tight. 
To make the holes you will need a very sturdy hole punch.  I used a hole punch called a "Crop-a-Dial" that Stampin' Up! used to sell.  It was made by We Are Memory Makers and is available at some craft stores or online.  It will punch through the heavy card board and several cards all at once.  


The Christmas products used on the front were from the retired Holiday catalog, but these products are still available.  They are on the last pages of the Occasions catalog as "returning Favorites".



 Here is the one I made for 2014.  The papers are retired from 2 Holiday catalogs ago.  Check the clearance rack for great prices on retired products! 

I am going to make several more of these for other years using some of my left over holiday products.  This was a fun project!  Thanks Ashley! 

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