Saturday, August 29, 2015

Have you tried the Ombre' technique?

This week in class the focus was on using two different techniques in making cards.  The first that I'll share is the Ombre' technique.  There are a variety of methods for creating the graduated color going from dark to light on cards and we used two:  the brayer method and the sponge method.  The brayer is an excellent tool for using with the Ombre' technique.  With the brayer, just one color of ink was used and applied rolling the brayer back and forth across the entire card piece to achieve the desired look. Just remember that when using the brayer to apply your ink, start off the edge of the card stock and roll across the page.  If you start directly on the card, a dark line can be formed.  By continuously rolling the brayer across the page, the ink will be applied from dark to light on the card stock as the amount of ink on the brayer decreases across the page.  With the sponge method, three coordinating colors (light to dark) were used and sponged onto shimmery white card stock, slightly overlapping each color with the sponge.

Ombre' Brayer Technique using Stampin' Up! Cucumber Crush Classic Stampin' Pad & Another Thank You stamp set
Ombre' Sponge Technique using Stampin' Classic Pads So Saffron, Crushed Curry & Hello Honey; Stamp Sets - Thoughts & Prayers and Wetlands
Hope these samples will inspire you to use your brayer or sponges and have fun!  All materials and tools used at listed below.

The other technique from class will be shared on Tuesday, so be sure to check in next week.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Are you ready for Witching Decor & Much More?

In today's post, I'm thrilled to share the project kit, Witching Decor, that is in the Holiday Catalog.  It was a blast to assemble and it's super cute!  It took approximately 2 hours to complete and depending upon how many of the leaves you wish to use it could take less time (of course, the television was on and I occasionally had to glance at it!)...I used roughly 1/3 of the leaves and stamped, crumpled and sponged them to add depth of color. The Witches' Night stamp set coordinates with the kit. It is a very generous project kit with many extra pieces for additional projects.  With some of the leftover pieces, I made a Halloween card and another card using some of the extra leaves. 

Stampin' Up! Witching Decor Project Kit and Halloween Card with coordinating Witches' Night Stamp Set
Stampin' Up! Witching Decor Project Kit Leaves and Lighthearted Leaves Stamp Set
Be sure to put the Witching Decor Project Kit on your "must have" list so you can order it when it becomes available on September 1!

The next craft project being shared is a Piggy Bank that was decorated with vinyl cut using the Silhouette Cameo.  It was an engagement gift for my son & his fiance so they could save for their upcoming wedding.  Hope they've been saving...the date is quickly approaching! 

 who knew you had to have a wedding tag line?!

Cards from the monthly class will be posted later this week, so be sure to check in.
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Favorite Cards from Swaps

Behind again and playing catch-up!  Had a wonderful time last week with friends visiting thus the delay.  As promised in my last post, I am sharing a few of my favorite cards from convention swaps.  

The first card is from the Black & White with Additional Color Swap and was received from Sharon McCanless.  The card is just adorable and a perfect card to "welcome baby".  The Something for Baby stamp set and Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper was used.  Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad was used to stamp the onesie and it pops against the black card stock.

"Something for Baby" Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, Black & White Card with Watermelon Wonder

The next card was from the Fresh Market Swap and is gorgeous!  Unfortunately, the creator did not provide their name but they did a beautiful job on this fancy fold card.   The Market Fresh stamp set was used to heat emboss the bunch of grapes with black embossing powder prior to coloring the grapes and leaves.  Farmers Market Designer Series Paper, Mossy Meadow card stock, 5/8" striped cotton ribbon (cut in 1/2) and 1/4" cotton ribbon were also used on this special card.

Stampin' Up! "Market Fresh" stamp set & Farmers Market Designer Series Paper

From the Gift Card Swap, this creative gift card holder was received.  Again, the creator did not include their name to receive credit for their creativity.  Bohemian Designer Series Paper, Blackberry Bliss card stock and Fabulous Four set was used to make this package shaped gift card holder.  The front flap of the package top opens to reveal the gift card holder slot.  The flap is held in place with small velcro tabs.  

Gift Card using Stampin' Up! Bohemian Designer Series Paper and Fabulous Four stamp set
Hope you enjoyed seeing a few of the cards received.  It was fun to participate in the swaps and I have many cards that will provide lots of inspiration.  You'll definitely see these designs in the future on my blog!  

Be sure to check back on Tuesday to see a creation from the Holiday mini catalog (you'll be able to place orders from it on September 1) and I'll also be sharing a Silhouette project.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

More "Christmas in July" - Gift Tags

Today I am completing the sharing of items from the "Christmas in July" class.  The tags are always popular  and participants were able to make several different designs that they can easily replicate. One tag design has a sleeve in which the tag slides offering a different tag option to add to a gift.  The Lots of Joy and Festival of Trees stamp sets were used.  All the tags come together quickly and are great for mass producing! 

Christmas Gift Tags using Stampin' Up! Lots of Joy & Festival of Trees Stamp Sets
In my next post, I'll be sharing some of my favorite swaps received at the Stampin' Up! Convention.  Also, my preorder from the Holiday Catalog arrived and I am putting together new be sure to check back in the upcoming weeks to see some of the creations!

Be sure to check out the current Stampin' Up! specials (click here)
NOTE:  The Scalloped Tag Topper (#133324) used for creating the tags is offered as a Weekly Deal.
It's on sale through Monday, August 17. 
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Oops - Forgot that Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad was used!  Also, the stamp set used to create the snowflakes on a tag has been discontinued.  A good substitute is to use Gorgeous Grunge if you don't have a small snowflake stamp.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Christmas in July "Gift Cards"

Yes, it's hard to believe but Christmas holiday items are starting to appear at some retailers so planning ahead, the July class was themed "Christmas in July - Tags, Gift Cards, Bags & Boxes".  This is a fun class and fortunately the Annual Catalog offers Christmas themed Designer Series Paper (DSP) and holiday stamp sets.  Participants were able to make two different gift card designs that are great for mailing to recipients.

The first is a gift card design is one that Dawn Griffith shared on her blog.  It is a 4" x 4" gift card holder that can be made quickly.   Add a custom envelope made using the Envelope Punch Board and you have a nice card for presenting your gift cards.  Please note that a card of this size requires extra postage and if using a patterned DSP you should address using a white address label to ensure the address is properly read.  

4"x4" Gift Card using Stampin' Up! Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set & Matching Envelope

Interior of 4" x 4" Gift Card
 The second gift card made utilized the Envelope Punch Board and is the same as described in the last post featuring Convention Swaps. The Merry Moments Designer Series Paper along with the Lots of Joy stamp set.  

Envelope Punch Board Gift Card using Stampin' Up! Lots of Joy Stamp Set & Merry Moments Designer Series Paper

Interior of Envelope Punch Board Gift Card

A full list of the supplies used for these gift cards is at the bottom of this post.  If you have any questions or wish to purchase items for making your own gift cards, you may contact me at or click on the "Shop Now" tab under my blog header to link directly to my online store.  Your purchase is appreciated!

Check back on Tuesday to see the Christmas tags!

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Final Convention Swaps (#4 & #5) a sneak peek

Hope your week is off to a good start!  Today's post completes my convention swaps and then we'll move on to more exciting projects later this week.

Swap #4 is a Gift Card for an organized swap.  When I was planning what type of gift card holder to make, I knew that I wanted to make a gift card holder that would fit into an envelope.  After researching, a gift card using the Envelope Punch Board was decided upon.  The instructions can be found at Jackie Topa's Addicted to Stamping.  Since one of my favorite papers in the Stampin' Up! catalog is the English Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP), I knew that I wanted to use it on my gift card.  The bee from the Garden in Bloom stamp set seemed the perfect touch to add to the sentiment from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.  It was a fun gift card to make and there's plenty of room inside the gift card to add a personal note.

Convention 2015 Gift Card Swap using Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board & English Garden Designer Series Paper

The last card (Swap #5) was prepared for a Fresh Market themed swap.  This card was my favorite of the swaps that I made.  When I saw the pear paper from the Farmers Market DSP, I knew that I had to find a way to incorporate it into the themed card.  I wanted to keep the overall card design simple and feature the paper.  On the banner, the single pear was "fussy" cut from the DSP and then to give it a bit more oomph, Crystal Effects was thinly spread across the cut pear.  Though the picture does not display the effect, it was stunning! and yes, cutting around the leaf on the stem was a pain!!!  The Endless Thanks stamp set was used to create the sentiment and the background on the banner was stamped using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  Linen Thread tied around the banner added the finishing touch.

Convention Swap 2015 using Farmers Market Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

Now for the sneak peek promised last week!  My convention pre-order was contained several stamp sets and other goodies but I'm sharing the beautiful Designer Series Papers.  Though each has themed papers, the reverse print offers great versatility.  If you like the vintage're in for a treat with the Christmas paper.  You'll want to mark your calendars for September 1st...that's when you can place your order from the Holiday Catalog!!!

Stampin' Up! "Into the Woods" Designer Series Paper

Stampin' Up! "Happy Haunting" Designer Series Paper

Stampin' Up! "Home for Christmas" Designer Series Paper

Be sure to check back later this week.  Projects from the "Christmas in July" class will be posted.
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