Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lift Me Up - Balloons at Sunrise

Welcome to my blog - I hope you find great ideas & inspiration here!

This card has been a lot of fun to create.  I love making beautiful backgrounds using my stamps, and Waterfront is one of my favorites for this.

When I designed this card, I was envisioning sunrise over an island as viewed from the water.  I started with the sun - a sticky note with a circle cut out makes a perfect mask.  I sponged on Daffodil Delight with a bit of Lovely Lipstick to darken the edges.  

Then I removed the mask and added the water & mountains.  Next I used the circle I had cut from the sticky note to cover the sun and sponged more Daffodil Delight around the outside and some Pool Party.  With both of these colors, I sponged them on darker toward the bottom of the scene and lighter as I went up.  The last step in creating the background was to stamp the 3 Pool Party streaks in the sky.  The darkest one is stamped in full-strength Pool Party and the other 2 are stamped off.

About the balloons...

I stamped one balloon in each of the 4 colors in the challenge.  They are embossed to give them a beautiful shine. 

How it's done...

One at a time, I stamped each balloon using my Stamparatus.  Without moving the cardstock or the stamp, I swiped the image with my Embossing Buddy, and stamped the image a second time with Versamark ink.  Then I sprinkled the image with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder & set it with the Heat Tool.  Just another reason you need a Stamparatus - the ability to emboss in any color!

Before adhering the balloons, I used my Stamparatus to perfectly place the sentiment where I wanted it.  I'm so happy to have this awesome tool - if I created a beautiful piece like this then goofed up stamping the sentiment, I'd be crying all over my craft table!

The red balloon is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals and the the others are adhered with liquid glue.  I hope you like it!

Lift Me Up and the matching dies are only available while supplies last - they are retiring at the end of the current catalog on June 3!  This has been one of my favorites.  If it's one of yours too, be sure to order soon to avoid being disappointed!

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Be sure to visit the Paper Players blog for more inspiration using these colors!

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Emboss Resist with Butterfly Gala

Welcome to my blog!  Today I'm sharing a card I created using the Emboss Resist technique, an oldie but goodie-

I used Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay & Highland Heather on my card.  Love the way these colors blend together!

The process for emboss resist is simple - you trap the white cardstock by embossing so that it resists the colors you sponge over it.

First step is to rub the Embossing Buddy over your cardstock.  Then stamp the butterflies in Versamark ink.  Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the entire sheet, tap off the excess and set it with the Heat Tool.

Once you've embossed the butterflies, now comes the fun.  As you randomly sponge colors onto the cardstock, the butterflies show up brilliant white.  

The card front is 3-3/4" x 5", mounted on a 4" x 5-1/4" mat cut from Highland Heather cardstock.  The interesting die-cut shape is part of the Hummingbird Framelits.

If you would like to purchase any of the products to recreate this card, please shop at my online store by clicking any of the links below:

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

A Few of My Favorite Things

I'm excited about all of the great new stamps & dies available in the new catalog, but a little sad that some of my old favorites won't be available anymore.  Today I'm sharing a few of my faves from the years that I've been writing this blog.

Large Letters Framelits

These are indispensable for personalizing cards and home decor projects.  A little pricey, but there's nothing else like them to add a special touch.  I love them for samplers and scrapbook albums.  Add them to your collection before they're gone - you won't regret it!

Lift Me Up Stamp Set & Up and Away Thinlits

I've given these a lot of love since they were introduced!  I love that big, multicolored balloon.  Plus, they are one of my go-to stamp sets for guy cards.

Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set & Eclectic Layers Thinlits

This is another set that I reach for over & over.  The watercolor images are just gorgeous in any color, and perfect for so many occasions.  This set would be a  great addition for your collection!

And  finally, Lovely as a Tree...

This is the stamp set that started it all (for me, anyway).  Part of the Stampin' Up offering longer than any other stamp set, it's finally retiring.  This was my very first Stampin' Up purchase that happily led to many more.  The simple, classic images make wonderful backgrounds, or they can be the star of the show - it's up to you & your vision!

These are just a few of my favorite retiring items.  You can find the complete list of all retiring items by going to my online store - just click the button below.  As always, thanks for stopping by!