Thursday, April 25, 2019

Spring Bouquet with Gingham

When Spring hits the craft room...

I was inspired by this combination of colors together on my desk.   Here's a closer look at the bouquet:

I stamped the stems first then added 3 of the small purple flower bunches floating above the ends of the stems.  I also stamped the 2 small purple flowers at the bottom of the bouquet.  Everything else was stamped and die-cut.  For the 2 large yellow flowers, I stamped them once in Daffodil Delight using the Stamparatus, then added some Grapefruit Grove to the center of the stamp with a sponge dauber and stamped a second time.  You can read a more detailed explanation of this technique HERE.

Everything is adhered with liquid glue except for the 3 flowers that are popped up with Dimensionals.

The frame was cut with my Rectangle Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I used the largest one, skipped the next size then used the third largest to cut out the inside.  I cut a second one from thick Whisper White cardstock and glued them together to give the gingham paper more stiffness, and also raise it off the card front slightly.

With or without the gingham frame?  My informal Facebook poll showed a definite preference for the Highland Heather frame.  Leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

If you love the gingham, be sure to stock up now.  It's available until June 3 (while supplies last)!

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Have a great day,

Monday, April 22, 2019

Sea of Textures

I've had a lot of fun with Sea of Textures since it was first introduced a year ago - I'm so glad to see that it's carrying over into the new Stampin' Up catalog!

Inky the Octopus (my name for him, not SU's) is stamped here in Night of Navy & cut with the matching die-cuts.

The first step in creating this card is to die-cut the window on the card front.  The sentiment on the card front is stamped next in Night of Navy, then finally embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder.  Do not try to emboss first and stamp second - it will not work!  Been there, done that ):

I lined up the card front on the Pool Party card base (without adhering it) and drew a light pencil line around the circle to have a guide for stamping the seaweed.  It's stamped with Tranquil Tide, using the "stamping off" method (stamp once, then stamp again without re-inking in-between).

The die-cuts are all attached with liquid glue except for Inky, who's popped up on Mini Dimensionals.

If Sea of Textures and the matching Under the Sea Framelits are on your wish list, you can save 10% by purchasing them as a bundle before the current catalog expires!

Here are some other cards I've made using Sea of Textures -

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hello Beautiful!

I love how using embossing folders can give dimension to your projects.  This card uses minimal stamping but gets its "wow" factor from embossing & punches.

The Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder coupled with soft colors of Petal Pink, So Saffron, Grapefruit Grove, Soft Seafoam & Pear Pizzazz is so feminine!

Did you know?

Embossed cardstock should always be adhered using strong, double-sided tape adhesive (Tear & Tape).  Because there is less surface area on the embossed cardstock, Snail will not hold embossed pieces together well.

Tips for re-creating this card:

Adhere the 3 circles together and add the leaves & sprigs behind them.  Then attach these pieces to the card front as a single unit using Tear & Tape.  Be sure to use Tear & Tape across the stems of the leaves to keep them in place.  The sequins are adhered with glue dots.

I embossed the envelope flap to coordinate with the card.  I love this look!  Once again, you will need to use Tear & Tape on the envelope flap to seal it.

A note about the Stitched Shapes Framelits:

I use these dies more than any of the others in my collection.  Although they are currently listed as discontinued and unavailable, they will be available again when the new catalog comes out in June!  The ordering number 145372 will be the same, and the new name is simply Stitched Shapes.

A new catalog is coming on June 4!  Many stamp sets are being retired to make room for new ones, so it's time to take a look at the catalog again & make sure you don't miss out on any of your favorites.

Here are the lists of products retiring from both the Annual Catalog & the Occasions Catalog, plus a list of stamp sets that are carrying over into the new catalog.  It's important to note that the carryover stamps are listed on the retiring lists only because they will be in a new format in the future (cling only, no more clear or wood mount).  These sets are shown on the retiring lists with an asterisk (*) next to them.

Annual Catalog Retiring List

Occasions Catalog Retiring List

Carryover Stamps

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