Thursday, August 15, 2019

Spring Sampler

Hi friends, welcome to my blog!  This sampler is a celebration of Spring, designed by Laura Malanowski, one of my talented team members.  Many thanks to Laura for allowing me to share it!

Isn't that gorgeous?  Such beautiful soft colors give her sampler a springtime feeling.  Some of the stamps used to create it are retired and getting some more love!  Others are new and quickly becoming old favorites.

Laura designed her sampler to fit a 9" x 9" shadow box frame purchased from Michael's Crafts.  The first layer is a 9" square of Basic Black; the second layer is an 8-1/2" square of Balmy Blue; the third layer is an 8" square of Crumb Cake.

Bunny section...

The bunny from Fable Friends is colored with Crumb Cake & Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends & fussy-cut.
Mint Macaron - 2-1/4" square; Soft Suede - 2" square; Crumb Cake - 1-7/8" square embossed using Subtle Embossing Folder
Whisper White circle cut from Stitched Shapes Dies

Bird section...

Free as a Bird Stamp set colored with Stampin' Blends in Crumb Cake, Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral & Old Olive.  The shimmer on the birds comes from Clear Wink of Stella.  The background behind the birds has sponged clouds - so pretty! 
Mint Macaron - 4-3/4" x 2-1/4"; Soft Suede - 4-1/2" x 2"; Whisper White 4-3/8" x 1-7/8"

Floral section...

This section uses Jar of Love.  The flowers are 2-step stamps in Calypso Coral, Pacific Point & Mint Macaron.  The first layer of each flower was stamped off once and the second layer was stamped full-strength.
Mint Macaron - 2-1/4" square; Soft Suede - 2" square; Crumb Cake - 1-7/8" square embossed using Subtle Embossing Folder

Bicycle section...

This section was created with the Bike Ride stamp set using Calypso Coral, Pacific Point & Crumb Cake.  The flowers in the basket are stamped with Crushed Curry. 
Mint Macaron - 4-3/4" x 2-1/4", Soft Suede - 4-1/2" x 2"

Spring section...

The letters are cut from Balmy Blue gingham designer paper & shadowed with Balmy Blue cardstock.  The dies used are the Large Letters Framelits.
Mint Macaron - 7-1/4" x 2-1/4", Soft Suede - 7" x 2"

Wink of Stella is used liberally throughout the Sampler along with Basic Rhinestone Jewels.  The butterflies are punched from (retired) Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper.

This sampler is the second in a series of the Four Seasons.  You can see the Fall Sampler here.  Keep checking back often to see the Summer Sampler, coming soon!

These are the available products used on this sampler.  Jar of Love, Bike Ride & the Large Letters Framelits are retired.  Click any of the links to learn more...

Monday, August 12, 2019

Beautiful Bouquet Anniversary Card

Hello again!  There's a gorgeous new colour challenge over at Just Add Ink that I couldn't resist playing along with this week.

These are colors that I probably wouldn't have considered using together on my own.  But that's what I love about colour challenges - they make me stretch my imagination and get creative!  After working with these colors I know that I'll use them again - they're rich and vibrant and perfect for fall.

I used my Stamparatus on this card to get perfect placement on the sentiment, and also to double stamp the flowers.  For each of the 4 large flowers I stamped them once in Grapefruit Grove, then used a sponge dauber to add some Terracotta Tile in the center of each flower and stamped them again.

The flowers on the inside of the card mimic the outside by using the double-stamping technique on the Stamparatus.

The trick to arranging the flowers...

Cut all the pieces & lay them out on the card front before adhering any of them.  Then snap a picture on your cell phone & refer to it as you start adding liquid glue to the backs and placing them.  Liquid glue gives you a little "wiggle-room" when you're doing your flower arranging!

I used Wink of Stella on the largest flower, copper foil accents and iridescent sequins for bling.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Happy Stamping!