Saturday, May 23, 2015

Operation Write Home: Finishing Strong Blog Hop

Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so I’m helping to get the word out!

I have supported this cause for several years and still believe it is a good thing. I am so happy we are able to stop sending cards to our troops as so many more of them are home with their families again! Hopefully, we are all thinking or those who have served our country in the Armed Forces this weekend. I know I am. My father is a Vietnam vet, and he really doesn't talk about it much. Neither does his brother, who served at the same time.  I think I will give them each an extra hug this weekend :)

 I could not resist doing some more watercoloring inside the debossed areas created by my embossing folder on a piece of watercolor paper. Such a fun technique that I have not seen anyone else do yet! I hope you give it a try. Lots of texture without the bulk and lumpy-bumpiness.

 Inside just gets a little bit of stamping on the edge of the card liner in Real Red.

I used the OWH challenge sketch #44 for this card.

If you would like to see the recipe for this card, click here. And be sure to click on the banner at the top to continue on this fantastic hop to "Finish Strong"!

Patriotic Southwest Birthday

As they want to keep the blog posts short for the Operation Write Home:Finishing Strong Blog Hop, we were encouraged to share our instructions and recipes on another post the same day and link to it for those that are interested. So here is mine!

  1. Cut a 3"x4¼" panel of watercolor paper. Emboss with embossing folder. 
  2. Use an Aqua-painter and Pacific Point and Real Red ink (squeezed onto the lid of those inkpads) to add color to the debossed, or "down" parts of the embossed image.  Allow to dry.
  3. Cut a piece of vellum to 3¼"x4½" and adhere the watercolor panel to this.
  4. Cut a 1"x3" piece of vellum and stamp sentiment in Pacific Point ink, then sprinkle on Clear embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat with heat tool. Cut a banner end with 1" Square punch, Hexagon punch, Triple Banner punch, or your scissors-whatever you preferred method is. Run a line of stitching on the left end of the banner with sewing machine. You are not sewing it to anything else here, just adding the fun stitching detail. Apply adhesive just under the stitching and stick to the watercolor panel.
  5. Cut a piece of Real Red cardstock to 2¼"x5½". Stamp the top and bottom with the triangle design from Dotty Angles set in Real Red ink. Outline piece with Signo white gel pen.
  6. Take a 4"x5¼" piece of white cardstock to use as a card liner and stamp the triangle image again in Real Red on the right hand edge. 
  7. Take a Pacific Point cardbase and outline the front with a white gel pen. 
  8. Adhere the Real Red strip to the center of the cardfront. Then apply dimensionals to the back of the watercolor and vellum panel, adhere to the center of the card. 

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 2015 Paper Pumpkin: Birthday Bundle

Here is the next Paper Pumpkin, complete with an unveil and how to! I can't wait to play with mine :) And there is a special going on right now through June 10, 2015..... 50% off your first two months of Paper Pumpkin for new subscribers!

Use Promo Code SAVE50 to get this special deal.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Stamp Review Crew: Four Feathers Edition

This edition of the Stamp Review Crew is featuring a stamp set I have gotten my money's worth from, and about 10 other people's money's worth, lol! I adore this set and will definitely be keeping in it my stash to pull out and use over and over again. It came out this past fall in the Holiday Mini, and it was on my first order along with the coordinating dies. It is now on the Retiring List and will not be available when the new catalog goes live, so this is kind of a last hurrah for this set. Sniff, sniff...

OK, let's get the usual informational blurb out of the way! I hope there are a bunch of people that need it, more new people is a good thing :)

If this is your first time on this hop, the Stamp Review Crew is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators, that feature a single stamp set on the first and third Mondays of every month. Our mission is to show you many creative uses for each set that we feature. Check out the master blog roll for this, and all of our past, blog hops here! Every hop is permanently linked to the actual post you are looking for for that hop, so the fun continues always!

If you are following along in order, then you just arrived from Deb Currier's blog. She always comes up with something stunningly clean and simple!

This first card is very simple, and I would like to think clean :) This is not my usual style, and I don't do it very well. But I keep trying! I like that this is super flat and will not require extra postage and yet is bright and cheery. It works for a man or a woman also. I think this is pretty self explanatory so I am not adding instructions.

I resisted the urge to add white gel pen. I can't promise that it won't end up on here before it is mailed to someone though, ;)

This is more like my usual style, and has some watercoloring on it. I started out just wanting a textured and embossed panel for this card and embossed a piece of watercolor paper. Then I noticed that the embossing created fun little debossed areas that I could add color too! So, I used an Aquapainter and added color to a few of the debossed areas. LOVE it! The rest just sort of evolved along the way. :)

I mimicked the feather placement from the card front inside also. I might have to add white gel pen here too. It is a compulsion, I tell you!

Here are several projects from my archive that use this set also, click on photos of archived projects below to go to the specific post for each. Supplies and instructions will be found there:

Alrighty then, it's time to head on over to Heidi Baks' blog. Be prepared for greatness! Heidi has a fantastic eye and is quite the engineering crafter!

Supplies Clean and Simply Feathers Card:

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Supplies for Arrows Watercolor Card:

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Click on photos of archived projects above to go to the specific post for each. Supplies and instructions will be found there.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Stampin' Addicts Retiring Stamps Hop: Little Buddy Birthday
It is the time of year that we say goodbye to many of our favorite stamps sets. Sad, but we must remember that we are making room more NEW favorites :) Well, my friends from Stampin' Addicts and I are each featuring one of our favorite retiring sets and giving you some inspiration, kind of a last hooray.
If you are following along in order, then you just arrived from Mary Trautner's blog where she featured the Just Sayin' stamp set. Fun stuff, right!

 I am using the Little Buddy Birthday set, as you may have noticed in the title of this blog post :) I had just purchased this set a couple of weeks before the retirement list came out, so it seemed to be a good idea to use it before it goes away :)

This first card was quick and fun to throw together. I was going for a mountainous/desert feel here, as that is where I imagine an armadillo would live. He is a cute little guy! He is stamped on some Watercolor paper then I used an Aquapainter to color him with Sahara Sand and Hello Honey ink squeezed onto the lid of my inkpad. A sheet of DSP from the Moonlight DSP stack sewn onto a Sahara Sand card base, some embossing, and diecutting, outline in white gel pen, pop up with dimensionals, and you are all done!

Card #2 was a special card. My grandson, Cameron, just turned 1 year old on April 23rd, so I needed a really cute card for him.
I stamped the little monster fella in Black Stazon on Vellum repeatedly, then colored the back of the vellum with markers. Then I diecut the circle and a slightly larger circle in Whisper White, then glued those together. The Pool Party panel is embossed, then I stamped the little birthday cake in Pool Party ink on all of the raised dots. Made a little banner in Hello Honey and stamped the sentiment, diecut a number 1. Lots of dimensionals later, I added the Candy Dots as a fun pop of color.
Inside, I adhered a vellum circle with a monster (I had colored a 4¼"x5½" panel full of monsters and had lots of little guys left). Then I stamped some balloons and colored with Blender Pen and coordinating inks.

That's all I have for you this time. Now it is time to go see what Carmen has made for us!

Armadillo Mountains:

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Little Monster One:

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