Friday, July 1, 2016

Dreamy Christmas Card

This is a card I created for the Creative Crew Christmas in July challenges, go check them out! So you are going to get a lot of Christmas this month from me, at least 5 posts worth since I made 5 projects for the Creative Crew, and I have the 12 Months of Christmas series going on the 25th of each month :)

I used some watercolor techniques on this card, and it could also be done with the new Ombre pads, which I don't have yet :)

I created a video of me making this card, and hopefully it isn't too long :) Because I spent the time to make the video, I am not going to type out the directions.



Here is another view of the card.

 And the inside. I hope you enjoyed this card and that you will be back again soon to see more!

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Christmas in June: Peaceful Snow Joy

Wow, June 25th is here already! And as my husband said as I told him what I was doing, "There are only 6 months 'til Christmas, and we haven't even started the shopping yet! Gasp!" He was totally kidding. We are the "shop in mid-December" type! That is, for any gifts that we don't create ourselves, lol!

I have a confession to make. I did not purchase very many Christmas sets from the Holiday Mini this year, until I found out which ones were carrying over. Then I think I ended up with almost every single one! I am a sucker for Christmas sets, and I keep 98% of them. Let's just say that if someone wanted to come make Christmas cards at my house, they might be a tad overwhelmed with the available options... I mean, I have a snowflake section!

SO I really didn't need another snowflake stamp set. But this one is sooo cute!!  :)


I am still on a watercolor kick, and I think I can feel the wind swirling the snowflakes around in this background! It feels very winterish :) And hey, I live in Minnesota so I should know what that feels like, lol! Here is how I made this card:
  • Cut a watercolor panel to 4"x5¼", stamp the various snowflakes in Versamark, sweeping from upper left to lower right. Sprinkle with Clear embossing powder and heat set. 
  • Tape the watercolor panel down to a board with painter's tape. Wet the paper with an Aqua-painter or a watercolor brush. Add Dapper denim to the left upper and right lower corner, tipping and turning the board to get some movement and blooming of the color. Dry with heat tool. 
  • Repeat the previous step two more times, using Sweet Sugarplum and Pool Party. 
  • Spatter some clean water across the panel, let sit for 30 seconds or so, then dab off with a clean cloth. 
  • From a scrap of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, die cut the "peace" die from Christmas Greetings thinlets. 
  • Cut a 1½" strip of Vellum, lay the peace diecut over it so you can figure out placement for the sentiments, then stamp the sentiments with Versamark. Sprinkle with Silver embossing powder and heat set. 
  • Dovetail the left end of the Vellum strip, adhere the "peace" with the Fine-Tip glue pen. Stitch the Vellum strip to the watercolor panel with sewing machine and thread. Add a little Fine-Tip glue behind the diecut on the back of the Vellum strip and adhere to the watercolor panel. 
  • Adhere the watercolor panel to the Thick Whisper White card base. 
  • For the inside, I used a technique to create a subtle watercolor look to the snowflake stamping. I inked the stamps up, stamped off once, then spritzed lightly with a couple pumps with the spritzer filled with water, then stamped on the lower right corner. 
  What do you think, good technique? I love this!! I think I should make a few more of this one, and each one will be different. That is the nature of watercolor :)

I did learn a lesson, again, about the painter's tape... if you reuse it, the tape  does not stick as well and will let some of the watercoloring leak underneath it. I am ok with it on this project, but it could really ruin the look of something that  needs a nice crisp edge.

Here I tried to capture the sparkle of that glimmer paper, so lovely! Very ice crystal. Can you believe I resisted the urge to add rhinestones and sequins?! I might make some with those items, but I really trying to expand my repertoire :)

I have a little help from the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #210
http://merrymondaychristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/2016/06/merry-monday-210-peace-joy-love.html











And the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #178:
http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/2016/06/case-this-sketch-178.html
 










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Friday, June 24, 2016

Stanpin Addicts 2016 New Catalog Blog Hop: Birthday Fiesta

http://forums.stampinaddicts.com/threads/new-catalog-blog-hop-2016.9199/
The Stampin' Up! 2016-17 Annual Catalog has been out for almost a month now, lots of time to have made and revised several wish lists by now! And my friends and I from StampinAddicts.com are here to add to that list, or at least reinforce the need for some of the new stuff. There sure is a lot to love about this year's catalog. I know that I want more out of this catalog that in any of the previous years!

If you are following along in order, then you just arrived from Sara Mattson-Blume's blog where she did an amazing job with Always an Adventure.




I am featuring the stamp set Birthday Fiesta and the coordinating Fiesta Framelits. Llama stamps have been on the wishlist of many stampers for quite some time, and look at this adorable llama!!

On this first card, I just had to use that llama stamp, and I kept picturing a heard of llamas peeking in to say hi! I had done an internet search for llama images last month and remembered seeing all kinds of colors and some paint patterned llamas, so that is how I got to this :)
  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake to 4"x5¼", stamp the llamas in Versamark, and heat emboss with Copper embossing powder. 
  • Use Aqua-painter to color the llamas with Cajun Craze and Whisper White ink squeezed into the lid of your inkpads. The paint patterned llamas got a full coat of Whisper White, then the spots were added over the dried white in Cajun Craze.  
  • Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment in Copper on a 2¼"x4" piece of Vellum, use Banners framelits to dovetail the end. Stitch to the top left of the Crumb Cake panel.
  • Stamp the llama image on the right side of the inside panel and heat emboss in Copper. Use Aqua-painter to color in with Cajun Craze. 
  • Adhere Crumb Cake panel to card front. 
 Just perfect for a quirky friend!!

Next up is a little rainbow love! I just could not resist doing some watercolor resist :)
  • Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4"x5¼". Stamp the flower garland in Versamark and heat emboss with Clear embossing powder to cover the panel. 
  • Tape the watercolor panel down to a board, apply a rainbow of colors with Stampin' Sponges. Spritz with water and heat set again. Remove from board. 
  • Stamp the cactus in Emerald Envy on matching cardstock, and the flowers in Peekaboo Peach on matching cardstock, die cut with matching framelits. Adhere flowers to the cactus with Fine-Tip Glue Pen. 
  • Add shimmer to flowers with Clear Wink of Stella. 
  • Wrap Gold Thread around cactus and use a little Fast Fuse to stick the ends of the thread to the back of the cactus.
  • Cut a 1¼" strip of Vellum, stamp the Fiesta sentiment in Emerald Envy and Clear heat emboss. Flag the right end. Stitch to the watercolor panel.
  • Cut dimensionals to fit on the back of the cactus and adhere to the vellum banner.
  • For the inside of the card, use markers to ink up the flower garland in Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry, and Emerald Envy. Stamp at the top and bottom of the inside panel. 
  • Adhere the watercolor panel to the card front. 
 There is plenty of room to stamp another great sentiment or write a message inside.

This last project is a pretty simple card. I used Sweet Sugarplum full strength and did not reink to stamp a lighter image. The darkest streamers are Rich Razzleberry. Gold heat emboss the sentiment on a 1¼" vellum strip, add a Rich Razzleberry panel, and stitch the vellum to the panel. Use Tear & Tape to adhere some ribbon and sequin trim.

Add a few more streamers inside, and it is done! The panel on the front is popped up on dimensionals also.

My fiesta is done, it is time to pack it up and hop on over to Yapha Mason's blog to see what she has made with Jar of Love!

http://yaphamason.com/blog/2016/06/24/jar-of-love-for-the-stampin-addicts-new-catalog-blog-hop/


http://www.lilyinkpad.com/

Challenges used:

Rainbow Cactus:  Stampin' Royalty Challenge SR#335



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