Monday, April 27, 2015

Nature Theme Series (continued)

Time to share the remaining cards from last week's Stamp-a-Stack class.  The three cards today complete the Nature Theme Series from the class.  Be sure to check out the Nature Theme Series  post from earlier to view other cards in the series.

In the card below, the "swish stamp" from Work of Art stamp set was used to create the background for the boat image from the Moon Lake stamp set.  The technique was described in the previous post.  It's a quick, easy and very effective way to add background color.

Moon Lake Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! with textured base using Woodgrain Texture Impressions Embossing Folder
In staying the Nature theme, the next two cards use the Wetlands stamp set.  The two stamp sets, Moon Lake and Wetlands, are a great combination for creating a variety of designs appropriate for almost every occasion. The first card definitely screams "masculine" with its' gray, plaid, and blue colors.  To soften the edges of the whisper white circle with the duck image, the edges were sponged with basic gray ink. 

Wetlands stamp set (Stampin' Up!), Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack, Basic Gray and Pacific Point Card Stock
To create balance on the card below, "sea oats" were stamped on the lower corner.  Don't the birds look like they are running along the water's edge at the beach?
Wetlands Stamp Set (Stampin' Up!)
Hope you have enjoyed the Nature Theme Series.  
Check back for the next series highlighting "Painted Blooms".

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nature Theme Series

Hope you're enjoying your weekend!  It was a busy week for me that started on Monday with the monthly stamp class, followed by a two day golf tournament and next thing I know, it's Saturday!  Most importantly, I am taking time to share cards from the Monday class.  It was scheduled as a Stamp-a-Stack but it was truly a "stamp-a-thon!" The participants made fifteen cards in the afternoon, a lot of work, but also lots of fun and everyone took home a stack of beautiful cards to have available when needed.  There were three themed sets and five cards from each theme were made to complete the fifteen card set. Today I'm showcasing two of the cards that utilized the Moon Lake stamp set from Stampin' Up!  They are perfect for creating a masculine card design.

The first uses a design that was shared on Pinterest by several others and since I'm not sure who originated it, I prefer not to name one specific designer.  I liked the way they created the note page  behind the stamped image by using the Spiral Border punch.  I changed up their design by stamping the image and using the Circles Collection Framelits to cut the image versus keeping it rectangular.  The background layer is from the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack.  When this paper stack was first released, I was "on the fence" as to whether to purchase it but am glad that I did...it's been very versatile and provides a great backdrop to many cards.  Notice also how the Gorgeous Grunge stamp helps highlight the bird image!


Moon Lake Stamp Set images by Stampin' Up! and Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack
 
Also, mustn't forget to stamp the card interior...a corner edge is the perfect location as it still provides lots of room for a stamped sentiment and handwritten message!

Below is another of the Moon Lake stamp set images. To create the water/sky effect, the large "swish" from the Work of Art stamp set was used to stamp with Soft Sky ink.  It's achieved by inking stamp and stamping several times in succession without re-inking your stamp.  The background layer is another designer paper from the Adventure Bound paper stack.  The wide White Jute Ribbon worked perfect to add a little bit of extra texture to the card.

Moon Lake Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! and Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack

The remaining cards from the "Nature Theme Series" will be shared on Monday, as well as, the materials used. 

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Dad's Birthday

Masculine cards are often most difficult for me to design as I gravitate toward floral stamps that tend to look more feminine.  My dad celebrated his birthday last month so I sorted through my stamps and searched Pinterest for inspiration in my quest to create an appropriate birthday card for him.  The Sheltering Tree stamp set seemed perfect especially after a cold winter.  It was a great way to offer birthday wishes with sights of Spring and memories of youth.  Of course, I had to sneak in a few flowers!

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring Break Visitor

This week has been Spring Break for my 6 year old grandson, Alexander, and we're fortunate that he wanted to spend it with Grandma and Grandpa. This has kept me busy but Alexander made time for crafting.   Next week is his uncle's birthday so Alexander prepared a special card for him so today I am sharing Alexander's talents with you.



While inking the pad, Alexander would say "tap, tap, tap"! 

 Stamping fun!

 What 6 yr. old boy doesn't love machines?  Alexander also used the Big Shot to cut stickers from stamped images.

 

The final result!  
He was so excited about how it turned out, that before I could get a photo of the card separately, he had sealed it in the envelope...so I enlarged this picture so you could see it better.

Enjoy the upcoming weekend!  Next week, I'll be sharing one of my projects so check in again.
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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter - Treat Holders

Just a short post to share the Easter treat holders made in the recent "Easter is coming" class.  The first uses the Berry Basket Bigz Die and the second the Fry Box Bigz L Die.  There are endless ways to use these two dies so they'll get lots of use by me! 

Easter Berry Basket using For Peeps' Sake stamps from Stampin' Up!
The card stock used for the Berry Basket is Hello Honey and each side panel was covered with designer series paper from the Lullaby paper series.  Coordinating inks of Coastal Cabana and Hello Honey were used to stamped the tags.  The tags were cut using the Banners framelits and the Big Shot.  Final embellishments include a bow tie using Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine and a strip of Gold Sequin trim. 


Bunny Fry Box using the Fry Box Bigz L Die from Stampin' Up!
This bunny is one of my favorite treat holders for Easter.  The original idea was shared by Dee Slater and I can't thank her enough for sharing it!  Many others have used it as it's posted often on Pinterest but Dee sent the instructions with her 8 weeks of Easter series.

I'm off to fill my treat holders with treats for my grandson!  Have a Happy Easter!
 
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