Friday, July 29, 2016

TGIF #66 A"MUSE"ment

The challenge this week at TGIF is to "pick your favorite."  It could be a card made by your favorite designer or challenger, so I picked an A-MA-ZING card created by Carolynn at Care Bear Stamps.  Her card is the absolute most awesome example of "in lay" paper crafting I have ever seen!
I also picked Carolynn because I had to have one of these cards for myself.  Now, I don't have everything she has but I have put my stash of supplies to work to come up with something very similar.  I must say a big "thank you to Carolynn for being my muse today!"
Even if you have been a long time paper crafter and stamper you can learn so much from copying/casing another artist.  I have tried a little bit of the "in lay" technique, but never a project with quite as many layers and details as Carolynn's card.  I now know that adhesive is very important for holding all the little pieces in place.  And, it's all those tiny pieces that make the look and technique so impressive.  The most difficult cut for my card was the word sunshine especially the top loop of the letter H as it had to slice through so many layers.  While this card took me a while to complete I so totally enjoyed the learning process--thanks Carolynn.
I want to point out the birds and how I made them.  I ran a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper through the Big Shot to cut the larger flower from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlets.  Then I trimmed up some of the petals to create quick birds.  They were super easy and no fussy cutting was necessary. 
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

HSS #243 Thoughtful Branches

I finally had a few moments to stamp and use the Thoughtful Branches Bundle.  Wowza, what a great stamp set and pack of framelits.  For the Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch challenge I decided to mix the new bundle with the A Little Foxy DSP Stack.  I think it's pretty cute ;0)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Monday Montage #74 Dirty Stamps

A little something soft and chalky is what I have for today's Monday Montage Blog Hop.  This is one of those cards that I could NOT repeat because I am not quite sure how I did it.  I can't totally remember, but I think I achieved the soft pink look from using dirty stamps.  Do you ever do that?
I think what I did was I inked up the solid image of the Gift of Love set in Whisper White Craft Ink, but it had leftovers of Blushing Bride ink still on the image which, when stamped, gave me the pink chalky look.   I think it works for this and looks great with the white heat embossed greeting.  I do know I lightly sponged Tip Top Taupe ink over the embossed greeting which gives a subtle variation from the flowers. I love the simple little scraps of Affectionately Yours Washi Tape and Blushing Bride Sequins.  For the center of the butterfly I unwound a few strands of Cucumber Crush Thick Bakers Twine and stapled it to the Vellum Card Stock.
To Dara
To Kaitlyn

Friday, July 22, 2016

TGIF #65

I couldn't help but be totally literal with the latest TGIF theme challenge.  I think one of my absolute favorite "go to" box die is the Cutie Pie Thinlets.  I love the size and the dimension and how easy it whips up.  I also seem to keep gravitating to pink!  What's that all about?  I am not a huge fan of pink in fact I would most never wear anything pink--but I do like Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo.

This slice of cake is created with a piece of Affectionately Yours DSP and the whip cream top is made with layers of Delicate Doilies.  I love the tag which is stamped and detail cut with the Birthday  Fiesta Photopolymer Bundle.  Then I used the Oval Layering Framelits to get a clean cut with a perfect scallop layer.
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