Tuesday, January 9, 2018

More with Fill In Blooms

Hello, welcome!
As I shared in yesterday's post (see it HERE) I focused over a period of several days on exploring with the Fill In Blooms set from Concord and 9th. In just playing around I made a few observations that I found helpful. So that I don't forget what I learned, I need to WRITE it down (aren't we all that way?) I'll write it here so that you can share it too! 

This is a different kind of post for me, so bear with me.
My samples are in the come-just-as-you-are state. Nothing fancy here.

The essence of this stamp set is the background color that fills a complete A2 card.  The first step is to experiment with different inks. Which types of ink give the best coverage? I tried dye inks from Stampin' Up!, Hero Arts and PTI with similar results. But I discovered the BEST inking I got was with the Distress Oxide Inks, as in the medium blue sample below. See how crisp the floral details are?

My second bit of advice is to choose whether you want bold contrasting colors in your floral pattern, or softer complimentary or monochromatic shades, as in the soft green and light gray samples. For an even sharper contrast, I used black and navy for the background color. This is dramatic and beautiful! 
The great thing about this set is how user friendly it is and forgiving.There's no way you won't have a great result no matter what you stamp it with.


Try combinations you've never used before and have fun! I found it helpful to search online for fabrics/swatches that inspired me with different color ideas. 

Lastly, I found that added details with colored pencil gave depth and interest as in the light blue flowers above. 

The best thing about this set is that you don't have to color in all the images. Leaving lots of the images white as in the yellow sample makes it fast and easy to complete and it looks great!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Fascinated with Fill In Blooms

During the Christmas holiday I would use spare minutes here and there exploring the wonderful possibilities of the Fill In Blooms stamps and dies. Kudos to Concord and 9th for creating stamps that are uniquely innovative and allow the user to create inked floral patterns. 

Fascinated, I spent time playing with different ideas and color combinations every chance I got. Finally it's time to complete a card, and here are two for you.

My first card uses Tomato Red ink for the background, with cantaloupe and greens added to the blooms. I added berries, a leaf cluster and the sentiment that were embossed in gold.

The background color for the Hello card was stamped with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink. 

Keeping the leaves a soft green, I popped in bold colors of red and blue for the flowers. I'm having trouble with my photos lately, but I have to say how bright and pretty these colors are in real life. This card measures 3.5" X 5".

Thanks for visiting today!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Hello, it's a new year! Just a Note for you

Hello, happy Monday to you! Just a quick post from me today as I'm going to take advantage of clear roads and get a few errands done. 

Over the weekend I cleaned up and organized the stamp studio, and stumbled across some never-been-used supplies which were perfect to put together for this easy card. I've listed them at the end of this post for you. 

The music notes were stamped on a white panel and added to a white card base, with the heart die cuts on top. I love how the musical notes are part of the large heart image. The red line, musical notes and the sentiment were stamped onto the card base. 

I'm playing along with the new layout at CAS(E) This Sketch!

I just love this card design. 

Also adding my link to the Simon Wednesday Challenge - Something New.

Thanks so much for visiting today, I love hearing from you!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps:  SSS - Music 2 My Ears, MFT - Music Notes background
Ink:  Wplus9 - Sweet Gelato, Little Piggy


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Warm Winter Wishes for Make It Monday

There's nothing warm where I am right now. Like the northeastern US, we were blanketed with snow and cold temps this week. I'm nice and warm though in my flannel shirt with my cup of hot tea nearby. The cold is a good reason to stamp up a storm, and I've been doing that! Will have quite a few cards to post next week. 

Today's card is for the Make It Monday 2017 A la Carte which allows us to pick any challenge from the past year. 

I'm happy to play along and chose to make a watercolor wash background as shared by Laurie Schmidlin. 

I used Distress inks to watercolor the background for this winter birthday card using the In the Meadow stamp set. That was on my very first order from PTI and I just don't use it enough! I loved the sentiment and can't think of anything more appropriate for this card. I also blended inks on the tree and the sentiment tag, before embossing the greeting in gold. The two deer had sparkles added with WOS. 

I was inspired by this beautiful card sample of Laurie's. 

Thanks so very much for your visit! Hope your New Year is off to a good start, stay warm! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Playing along with challenges at:
CAS Watercolor (Birthday)  
Seize the Birthday


Friday, December 29, 2017

Count the Stars

Hello and welcome to my blog!

I find it's always hard getting back into stamping after the rush of the holidays. With all the frenzy of Christmas card making and activities, followed by a few days of being out of the craft room, my mojo vanishes. 
I got back in my craft room saddle last night and cleaned up all the mess covering my tables! Now I'm ready to look forward and I have a card to post for you. 

I'm loving ink blending with my new Oxide inks and pulling out the Count the Stars set from MFT. Challenges help kickstart my creativity. I'm playing along with the MFT Sketch Challenge and the Star Power Challenge at Creative Construction with Blueprints.
Thanks so much for taking a look! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Count the Stars MFT and dies
Paper: Whisper White, Silver Glitter
Inks: Distress Oxide Inks - Broken China, Peacock Blue, Faded Jeans
Accessories: Blueprints 24, SSS Stencil Falling Stars


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Fresh Bouquets and Butterflies

Hello everyone! 
I'm sure you've been as busy and can relate to the overfull days and hectic hours of the holiday preparations that have been going on around here. Craziness! 

I was challenged by Laurie's terrific Faux Stained Glass technique at Make It Monday and had to sneak in a few minutes to give this a try. 

A card with airy colors and the freshness of spring. Ahhh! I needed that break.  

I used the PTI Bitty Butterflies Cover Plate Die for the background. I colored the vellum using Distress Inks in Broken China and Shaded Lilac. For the focal point, I cut a butterfly from the PTI Butterflies Cover Plate Die, and trimmed out one of the butterflies with scissors. I cut it from white card stock and blended ink to color it. Afterwards I added droplets of the ink, splattered, and a few spritzes of Perfect Pearls added to water for texture and shine.

Wrapping a bit of tulle (with a teeny bit of glitter in it) behind the butterfly and adding sequins made me happy!
I used stamps from the Fresh Bouquet set.  
Hope this finds you thinking that, whatever is going on, "You've got this!" 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

JOY at Christmas

How are your holiday preparations coming? I took some much needed time off from card making to spend time with shopping and a few other things but I'm happy to be back with a card to share today. 

I've had so much fun making my cards this year, pulling out all my old stamps and some new supplies too. 
Been thinking about my creative goals for 2018 and you know what? One thing for sure on my list is to make 3 or 4 Christmas cards a month all year long. The Merry Monday Christmas Challenge is on my sights right now, and inspired this card. 

I LOVE using alternative Christmas colors, so I couldn't resist playing along featuring my never-been-used Neighborhood Border Die from Tailored Expressions. The inside of the card reads, "Merry Christmas from our house to yours." 

I colored the trees and the word Joy with Copics, and added sparkle to the windows with my Wink of Stella pen. You know of course, that I had to add sequins too, right? Yep!
Thanks so much for your visit today. 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!