Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Birthday Wishes for You

Sketchy flowers in peach and pink with a pale blue and Birthday Wishes for You are the elements featured on  today's card. I began with a white die cut square that has been hanging around on my desk, and layered images from the Fleur Impressions set (The Greetery) that I just love. I got the soft look with layered stamping and sponging Distress Oxide Inks on some of the images.  

The floral pattern was stamped on pale blue card stock using the Summer Sketches set and embossed in white, then added to the die cut rectangle. I added a strip of silver foil paper and silver sequins for embellishments. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Sunny Get Well

Watercolored stripes and tulips are a sweet combination. I'm hoping it will brighten someone's day! 

Combining the old and the new: retired SU stamp for the tulips and the new Sentiment Suite stamps from The Greetery. 
Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Greetery Pot-pourri

Hello everyone! How is your week going so far?  
Just one more quick post from me this week. I fiddled around with the cute pots and fun plant options in the Pot-Pourri set from The Greetery and this is what I came up with. Betsy's designs are so clever and creating with them is a blast. 

I kept the card simple by using a kraft base and a white frame; letting the die cut images steal the show.  I added the tiny tag with a foam mount and a twine bow onto the planter. The sentiment was stamped on white card stock, then inked to match the green pot. 

Layered stamping and die cutting with these images is a dream! They are easy to use and leave a very thin border. 
Thanks for coming by! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Enjoy your day!

Hello and happy Monday to you! 
Breezing by with a quick card that features some of the patterned papers I had set out to use up. Making just a teeny bit of progress but there are way too many hoarded papers left. 

I stamped and die cut roses from WPlus9 ( I just LOVE the Rose Builder Stamps) surrounded by vintage floral patterns on the paper layers. 

I stamped a bunch of these roses awhile ago so I can't even name the specific inks used, but they are also from WPlus9. 
Thanks for spending time with me, I hope you enjoy your day!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 

        Make something beautiful!

Friday, July 19, 2019

CAS Watercolor

Good morning, happy Friday! I saw so many gorgeous samples from the CAS designers and players at the CAS Watercolor challenge that I just had to play along. 

On a very hot humid afternoon, pulling out my Zig markers to color a bit was a delight to my senses and my soul. Added a sparkle with WOS.
The challenge was to use a floral bouquet. 

I cut slits on either side of the stems to tie silver thread around the bouquet.
That wraps it up for me today. Have a great weekend! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: Blessed Easter (ret) - Stampin Up!; The Greetery - Sentiment Suite Birthday Stamp Set; PTI - Vintage Type Set
Paper: Bristol Smooth, WPlus9 Dove Grey
INK:Simon Says Stamp - Intense Black, Versamark
Accessories: The Greetery - Sentiment Suite Basics die, PTI - Mix and Mat Pinked Edge Die,  white embossing powder silver thread

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Just a quick Hello!

A quick hello....How often I start an e-mail or text this way, especially when the hello is overdue. Don't know how I missed posting this week as I had some cards ready to go. 

I recently pulled out some designer papers to use and today's card was planned around the pretty floral pattern from the Beau Jardin paper pack from Penny Black. I rarely use black as a background but decided it was about time to! Love the dramatic effect. 

Using the My Whole Life stamps and dies and the Welcome dies from WPlus9 made it easy to create the focal point.

I stamped a few black dots - meant to be flower centers - to anchor the sentiment die. The sentiment continues at the bottom of the card with "I just miss you" from the Hello and Thanks set. 
That's it for me today, hope your summer is going wonderfully! 

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

MACRA Made for You

Welcome! Here is one more for you.
I guess it's no secret that I've been enjoying my supplies from the June release at The Greetery! I spent my birthday gift money almost exclusively on these delightful sets.

 New to me is the Macra-Made for You die that depicts the cute macrame hangers I used to make for gifts for all the plant lovers on my list! (roll eyes here) -  LONG AGO. 

Isn't this just what they looked like? I die cut the pots and the hangers from watercolor paper that adds a bit of texture and painted a wash of Kraft ink over them to mimic jute. 

I die cut the smaller hanger a second time from dark green card stock and inserted those tiny pieces into the hanger like heart-shaped beads. Topped with a touch of glossy accents.

I couldn't resist adding the panel to lemon yellow polka dotted paper which just seems to fit the retro vibe. 
Hope you got a kick out of today's card. 

It came together much faster than the knot-tying of the real thing. And it makes me happy. Thanks for stopping by!

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used from The Greetery:
Pot-Pourri Stamp set and dies, Macra-Made for You dies,
Sentiment Suite: Thinking of You stamp set

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Greetery - Robins and Wrens Tips for You

Hi everyone! I hope your July 4th celebration if you're in the USA was fun and happy. 

If you're like me, after all the hubbub of family visits and cookouts with friends died down, you got to refresh yourself in your craft space. I had a great time experimenting with the Robins and Wrens set from The Greetery over the weekend. I am head over heels in love with Betsy's innovative designs!

I kept my card simple and the lines clean for a summer birthday using the larger wren from the set. I love how pert and cute this little birdie looks on the branch.

Here are a few tips for stamping this and other multi-layered images:

  • Order of stamping - the first image includes all of the bird and the underbelly, the second layer adds detail. I found it really helped to stamp the second image, THEN the first image. That way they are easier to line up, since the darker image shows up and the first stamp image should be lightest.  
  • I found I could stamp the second image and then use the same color for the first image, by stamping it off once to make it lighter the way the underbelly would be.
  • Remember, you don't need four different colors of ink to stamp the bird. Experiment with generational stamping, or sponging the ink onto the image for a softer look.
  • As with all layering stamps - take time to set up your best lighting even if you use a stamp positioner. 
  • No worries if you don't line things up perfectly. These stamps are easy and so forgiving! 
  • I stamped all the parts of my bird, EXCEPT the beak and legs, then die cut the image. Stamping the beak and legs after the image was die cut assured that I placed them at the correct angle. 
  • Have fun adding details! I used a white gel pen on the wings area and Nuvo drops for the eyes and flower centers.
I guess those tips were more than a few, glad you read to the end! I hope that you've enjoyed my post today and found the tips helpful. I enjoy sharing the things I learn and create with you! Hope your Monday goes wonderfully well.

Be yourself
     Delight in your craft 
        Make something beautiful!

Supplies used:
Stamps: The Greetery - Robin & Wren stamp set and dies, Blooming Branch stamp set, Sentiment Suite: Birthday and Basics Dies
Paper: Neenah Solar White, WPlus9 - Fog card stock
INK: the blues on the bird are from Altenew
Accessories: twine, Nuvo gloss dots, Plus 9 - Clear Cut    Stackers Hexagon Dies, white embossing powder