Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thoughtful Branches All Occasions

There is still time to get the awesome Thoughtful Branches stamp set, Beautiful Branches Thinlits dies, or both in a bundle for 10% off! When Stampin' Up! introduced the limited-time Thoughtful Branches Bundle on August 1, they said it would be available through August 31 or while supplies last. Well, happy day—there is still inventory available! It will continue to be available as long as they have supplies; once the inventory is depleted, it will no longer be available, nor will it be offered in future publications.

The leaf stamp for the trio of trees works really well as a cluster of blossoms, kind of like lilacs! I made this card to be used for any occasion. It will be easy enough to add a label or banner for whatever the occasion calls for.

Here's the "How To"
 Image: Whisper White 2-3/4" x 4-1/4"
 Glimmer mat: Silver Glimmer Paper 3-1/4" x 5"
 Embossed background: Fancy Frost Specialty DSP 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Die cut image panel with second largest framelit from Lots of Labels Framelits dies. Die cut glimmer paper with largest die.
  2. Adhere glimmer paper die cut to Fancy Frost background. Wrap ribbon around and fasten at back, then adhere to card base.
  3. Stamp smallest jar from Jar of Love in Smoky Slate, and water in Pool Party near bottom of Whisper White die cut.
  4. Mask bottom of jar and stamp three stems from Jar of Love in Wild Wasabi, leaving room at top for flower clusters and adding small leaves from Thoughtful Branches.
  5. Stamp "flower clusters" (tree leaves from Thoughtful Branches) in Melon Mambo, stamping each twice without re-inking in between.
  6. Attach image to card with Stampin' Dimensionals. Attach bow with a Glue Dot.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Birthday Time of Year

While this isn't the birthday time of year for my family, it does seem to be for many of my friends so I am in need of lots of birthday cards right now! The reason for the title of this post is I used the Time of Year stamp set today. It's another versatile set that can be used for 'thinking of you', or Christmas, birthday, Autumn (see the adorable acorn and leaf), or just in general. Lots of possibilities with this one! The only catch is - it's a Hostess set, and you can only get it with a qualifying purchase (or party). Ask me how!

Here's the "How To"
 Die cut leaves and small flourish: Sweet Sugarplum 2-1/2" x 3"
 Greeting: Very Vanilla 2-5/8" x 3"
 Mat: Sweet Sugarplum 2-3/4" x 3-1/8"
 Birthday banner: Very Vanilla 1-1/4" x 3-1/2"
 Embossed background: Very Vanilla 4" x 5-1/4"
 Mat: Sweet Sugarplum 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
 Card base: Very Vanilla 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Emboss Very Vanilla background with Petal Burst folder. Add ribbon and lace, fastening ends to back. Attach to Sweet Sugarplum mat and then to card base.
  2. Stamp greeting in Rich Razzleberry on Very Vanilla and adhere to Sweet Sugarplum mat. Attach both to card base.
  3. Stamp 'Birthday' in Rich Razzleberry and die cut with Bunch of Banners die. Attach below greeting with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  4. Die cut leaf stem and small flourish. Cut top leaf off and adhere to card using Fine-Tip Glue Pen. Adhere small flourish to stem where leaf was removed. Cover seam with small bow attached with a (rolled up) Glue Dot. Note: I used retired Gold Cord Trim. You can use the Gold Baker's Twine in the Baker's Twine Trio Pack.
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Birthday Blooms in Red

The peony blossom in Birthday Blooms is such a fun image to color! There are many coloring mediums that work well with it, but today I chose Copic Sketch markers. The alcohol ink blends easily which makes shading easy, and the colors are just so vivid. I really wanted the image to pop, and the birthday girl's favorite color is red, so that's today's color choice.

If you are going to color with alcohol ink, be sure to stamp your image using a water-based ink, such as the Memento Tuxedo Black used here. If you use Basic Black Archival, or StazOn Jet Black, the ink will smear when you color over it.

These are the Copic colors used (I forgot to grab the Y35 Maize used for the stamen):

Here's the "How To"
 Image: Whisper White 2-7/8" x 3-3/4"
 Mat: Real Red 3" x 3-7/8"
 Glimmer mat: Gold Glimmer Paper 3-1/4" x 4-1/8"
 Greeting: Whisper White 1-1/2" x 3-1/2"
 DSP: Real Red from Brights Collection (retired) 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stamp peony on Whisper White and color with your choice of coloring medium. Adhere to Real Red mat and then to glimmer paper mat. Note: Use a sticky tape such as Tear & Tape adhesive when fastening anything to Glimmer paper.
  2. Attach DSP to card base, and doily to right side of DSP. (Retired Tea Lace Doily used here.)
  3. Adhere matted image to card base, leaving an equal border of DSP showing at top, left, and bottom.
  4. Stamp banner and greeting using Basic Black Archival ink and die cut with Bunch of Banners Framelits. Attach to card with Stampin' Dimensionals.
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