Blended Seasons – Flowery Thank You

As I mentioned in a recent post, during the month of August you have the opportunity to purchase amazing products from the Color Your Season suite.  I’d like to highlight one of my favorite stamps from the Blended Seasons stamp set and a fun, colorful twist in the card featured in this post.

As you can see, the Blended Seasons stamp set is incredibly versatile and can be used for several occasions.  Below are highlights of the steps used to create this card.

  • Cut a piece of Watercolor Paper to 3″ x 4 1/2″.
  • Stamp the flower image from the Blended Seasons stamp set onto the Watercolor Paper with Gray Granite ink.
  • Grab one of your clear blocks to use as a palette to watercolor your flowers.  I recommend the Size D block for your palette.  Also, make sure you have your Aqua Painter ready to use.
  • Choose the colors that you’ll use from the 2018-2020 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers.  Scribble some of your chosen colors onto the block.
  • Use washi tape or painter’s tape to lightly tack the Watercolor Paper to a piece of cardboard.  I use the cardboard piece that comes in the monthly Paper Pumpkin kits for this!
  • Use the Aqua Painter to take color from the palette and add to the stamped image.  You’ll notice that I used the Blueberry Bushel for the flowers; Call Me Clover for the stems and leaves; and Pineapple Punch for the flower centers.
  • Tip:  Don’t get the brush on your Aqua Painter too saturated when you’re painting.  If there is too much water on your brush, get some of the water off by swirling the brush on the edge of the cardboard.
  • Another tip:  When you’re ready to change colors when you’re painting, simply swirl your brush on the edge of the cardboard to get rid of the ink.
  • When the image is dry, take the watercolored image off the board.  Be careful when you’re taking off the washi tape or painter’s tape not to tear the Watercolor Paper.
  • Use the smallest frame from the Stitched Seasons framelits set to cut out the middle of the watercolored image, as pictured.
  • Cut a piece of Call Me Clover card stock to 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.
  • Adhere the outside piece of the watercolored image in the center of the Call Me Clover card stock piece.
  • Use Gray Granite ink to stamp “Thank You” from the Blended Seasons stamp set in the bottom right corner of a Whisper White card base.  The card base is cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  Use the picture as a reference.
  • Adhere the Call Me Clover card stock piece to the card base, as pictured.
  • Use the leaf and berry framelit from the Stitched Seasons framelits set to cut pieces from Vellum.  Adhere some of these pieces inside the cut out of the outside piece of the watercolored image.  I used tape to tack them down.  These pieces will be seen outside the borders of the cut out middle of the watercolor image.  You can also add a few pieces of silver thread to the middle.
  • Occasionally, check to see how the pieces will look around the middle piece.  When you’re happy with the results, use dimensionals to adhere the middle cut piece to the center of the card.  Again, use the picture as a reference.

You can easily change the sentiment on this layout to celebrate many occasions.  Anniversary, birthday, congratulations, wedding, bridal showers, sympathy, and get well cards are just a few that come to mind.

Below, you’ll find pictures of the main products that I used in making this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping,
Laurie



 

Color Your Season – Limited Time Offer

It’s hard to believe that we are already in August!  Where has this year gone.  I know everyone says time flies, especially when we’re all having fun stamping 🙂

During August (while supplies last), you have the opportunity to purchase products from the Color Your Season promotion.  Trust me – You will fall in love with the stamp set, framelits, and NEW watercolor pencils.  Take a look below at some amazing samples of cards that were made with these products.  The designs are so versatile that you’ll use the bundle to create cards for all occasions.  And, the watercolor pencils are just amazing!

Images of the stamp set, framelits, and watercolor pencils are shown below.  Aren’t they just gorgeous?

The Watercolor Pencils (Assortment 2) include the following colors:  Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, and Night of Navy.  These pencils are a wonderful addition to the first set of Watercolor Pencils that Stampin’ Up! offers.

Now, don’t delay!  Make sure you place your order today.  Just click on any picture below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Paper Pumpkin – Broadway Star Special Event

Be sure to mark your calendars for a very special Paper Pumpkin LIVE Facebook event that will feature the Broadway Star Kit.  The event will be held next Tuesday, June 26, beginning at 5:30 (US Mountain Time).  I will definitely be attending to get some great tips and tricks for this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  Click here to get more information.

To entice you a little more to make sure you plan to attend the event, below are pictures of the cards that I have made so far using the kit.  You’ll notice that I followed the directions for my cards.  My next cards from the kit will be alternate ideas.  I am willing to bet that some of those ideas will come from next Tuesday’s live Facebook event!!

Yep – to entice you even further, here is a video that shows the kit and how to pair it with the amazing Broadway Bound product suite in the new Annual Catalog.

If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, what is stopping you from giving it a try?  You can sign-up by clicking the Paper Pumpkin logo below.  If you decide that you don’t want to continue your subscription, you can cancel at any time.  You can also skip a month anytime you would like.  Just remember – You need to cancel or skip by the 10th of the month to change that month’s subscription.  As a subscriber, you’ll get a great set of unique photopolymer stamp sets and ink spots.  Give it a try!

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Share What You Love Suite – Wonky Triple Layer Card!

I hope you are enjoying the products in the amazing Share What You Love Suite preorder!  For more information about the opportunity we all have to get our hands on these products, please click here.  Remember, the preorder bundles are only available in May.

A few years ago, I saw a really fun technique called triple layering.  It is one of those kinds of techniques that ensures the person who receives the card literally pauses and thinks “how in the world did she make that?”.  Don’t you just love those types of cards?  Especially when they are really not hard to make?

The “wonky” triple layer card is one step up and is very straight forward to put together.  Below is a picture of the card that everyone made at a recent Stamp Club.

Okay – Have you figured out how to make the card??  Once you know the simple tips and tricks, you are going to love to add this technique to your portfolio.  Instructions are given below –

  • Start with your choice of a card base cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  The card base for the pictured card is made from Whisper White card stock.  The large background stamp from the “Love What You Do” stamp set was used to add a border around the edges of the front of the card.  The ink is one of the new In-Colors, Grapefruit Grove.  The stamped image adds just the right amount of color and grunge to the edges.
  • Each of the three layers is made with two pieces – a piece of Whisper White card stock framed by a piece of Old Olive card stock.  The dimensions for the Whisper White card stock pieces are: 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″; 2 7/8″ x 3 7/8″; and 1 7/8″ x 2 7/8″.  Each of the pieces of Old Olive is 1/8″ wider and longer.  That means that the pieces of Old Olive are:  3 3/4″ x 5″; 3″ x 4″; and 2″ x 3″.  The 1/8″ adds the perfect amount of a frame for this type of stamping.
  • The first step to design the card is to layout the pieces before adhering any of the pieces together.  Put the card base on your work surface.  Take the largest piece of Old Olive and put it on the card base in a way that is not straight vertically or horizontally.  Lay the largest piece of Whisper White on top, allowing the Old Olive to be seen as a frame.  Continue this process with the remaining pieces of Old Olive and Whisper White.  Make sure that you overlap the framed pieces, and make sure the framed pieces are not all oriented in the same way.  This will help the design look more random.
  • When you like the pattern, you are going to layer together only the Whisper White pieces and attach them with washi tape.  Gently lift the top piece of Whisper White card stock (the smallest piece) and take out the piece of Old Olive card stock just underneath.  Try to keep the Whisper White piece in place, and use a piece of rolled up washi tape (with the adhesive on the outside) on the back of the smallest piece of Whisper White to the middle piece of Whisper White.
  • Next, gently lift the middle piece of Whisper White card stock and take out the piece of Old Olive card stock just underneath.  Again, try to keep the Whisper White piece in place.  Use another piece of rolled washi tape to adhere the middle piece of Whisper White card stock to the largest Whisper White piece.
  • You now have your three pieces of Whisper White card stock lightly adhered with washi tape.  Stamp your images onto the layered pieces of Whisper White card stock.  Make sure you allow images to be stamped over multiple layers of the card stock.
  • When you’re happy with your stamping, gently take the pieces of Whisper White card stock apart.  You’ll notice that I used the “Love What You Do” stamp set for my images.
  • Adhere the corresponding frame pieces of the Old Olive card stock to each of the three stamped pieces of Whisper White card stock.  Now, the fun part!!  Realign your stamped images (that are now framed with the Old Olive pieces) to reform the stamped images.  Adhere the pieces together.
  • Adhere the final three pieced stamped image to the front of your card.  Remember to adhere the image as you planned.

You will find many stamps that you can use with this technique.  Each card you make will be unique.

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Stampin’ Up! Color Revamp

Stampin’ Up! is revamping their exclusive color collection!   As an artsy person, I tend to like pictures and thought I would share some visual information with you about the revamp.

Here are the new 2018 to 2020 In-Colors and the 2017 to 2019 In-Colors that we have already grown to love.  All the colors are truly beautiful!  [I think Grapefruit Grove may be my new favorite!]

There are also ten NEW colors that are being added to SU!’s collection!!  Here they are.In addition to the changes shown above, there are a few colors that are making a comeback to the collection.  They include:

  • Mossy Meadow
  • Poppy Parade
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Mint Macaron
  • Blackberry Bliss

To put these changes into perspective, take a look at the new color collection by group.

OKAY – Stop drooling – You’re making a mess 🙂  You’ll be able to order all the new colors soon – I promise!

And, yes, there is more!  The stamp pad case is being redesigned to make it easier to open!!!  YEAH!

There is one thing you can do right now.  Check out the retiring products to make sure you have everything that is on your “I-absolutely-cannot-live-without-these-amazing-products” list.  That would include any ink refills that you’ll need for the retiring ink colors.  Remember – The retiring stamp sets will be available through May 25.  All other items are available while supplies last.  Don’t delay placing your orders!  Click on any of the pictures below to go to my on-line store and see the retiring products.

Retiring Stamps

Retiring Bundles

Retiring Everything Else

Happy retiring products shopping!
Laurie