Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Hello stamping friends.  I have seen a lot of cards using this fun technique and so I decided to give it a try.  It is very simple to get this fun Bokeh effect with sponges.   In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light". Don't ask me how to pronounce it, I have heard it many different ways.  
I started with a Pool Party base and a Perfect Plumb mat layer.  On my Whisper White main panel, I sponged on layers of pool party, perfect plumb and elegant eggplant ink.  


I made a mask by cutting circles out of acetate.  Then I sponged White Craft ink in the circles.  I moved the mask around making sure to sometimes overlap the circles.  

I used another piece of acetate to stamp my greeting.  You can stamp directly onto the main panel but I found that it was hard to get a clean image on top of the craft ink, so I use Stazon on the acetate strip so that not too much of the background was hidden behind more cardstock.  I attached the acetate behind the flower so that the adhesive would not show through.   The flower is stamped in versamark on Perfect Plumb cardstock and embossed with black embossing powder.  And, joy of joys there is a paper punch that matches the flower, so it was simple to punch out and adhere to the base with a couple dimensionals.  I also added a bit of basic black ribbon. 
Hope you give this a try! 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

More items added to Sale-A-Bration!!

WOWZERS!!  I loved this years Sale-A-Bration items!  I really think this years offering is the best ever and yet Stampin' UP! has added even more items and I love them too!!
Starting March 1st (that's today) you can earn one of these 4 new products with each $50 purchase.  Sale-A-Bration goes until March 31st!
I love the way they colored the "Thanks" on this card!

The papers are actually VELLUM, how pretty is that?  Can't wait to see them in person. 
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!  Here is a link to the flyer!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Doily Mask

Hello Stamping friends! Today I wanted to show you a fun technique using paper doilies as a mask for a fun background.   It's really pretty simple and if you are a fan of watercolor (like me)  you will love the effect. 

I started with a piece of 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 shimmery white cardstock.  With your Aqua painter and ink, add color directly on top of the doily.  You do not want your brush to be too wet.  I experimented with using the same doily over and over but it is best to use an uninked area each time.  The doily starts to get too wet and the color gets splotchy if you go over it too much.  One doily will do one card, because you only use a bit of it each time.

 The colors used here are Pool Party and Wild Wasabi. 

The butterflies are stamped onto a scrap of shimmery white and cut out using the co-coordinating thinlit dies.  I also added a solid Pool Party butterfly behind the stamped one. 
I hope you will give this a try.  Thanks for stopping by!