Monday, March 12, 2018

Blooms Fill In

I'm back again with more new stamps getting inky before they grow moldy oldie.  Today it's my very first Concord and 9th set.  I'll blame this one on Cindy Beach and all the pretty stamping she did with this set.  I bookmarked it immediately and, happily, it wasn't long before I shopped.  Don't you just love receiving those packages of crafty goodies in the mail?

The set is Blooms Fill In.  It's a background stamp with a few sentiments and a whole bunch of flower parts you can use to fill in the blanks.

Clear stamps with a large expanse of solid surface can be tricky, so the right paper and ink makes all the difference.  Cindy had good luck with Distress Oxide inks (which I don't have).  My best results were with Memento ink.  My two favorite papers for solid image stamps are Stampin' Up Whisper White and Copic X-Press It Blending Card.

This is Memento Toffee Crunch on X-Press It Blending Card.  I kept it monotone, using Memento Rich Cocoa for the darker accents.  I stamped an additional partial background, cut out the flower part and layered it with twine and a die cut.

After I made this card (and several more!) I looked at them sitting there on my desk and wondered what is so compelling about this stamp set.  After all, you could easily do this with designer paper, and heaven knows I have plenty of that.  I guess it's just the do-it-yourself aspect of stamping.  Different colors, different degrees of filling in the blooms.  Playing around and seeing what happens.  A stamper gets it.  This set should come with a warning:  Once you start it's hard to stop.

Have a beautiful day!

Stamps:  Concord and 9th Blooms Fill In  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Bazzill tan and dark brown  Ink:  Memento Toffee Crunch, Memento Rich Cocoa  Accessories:  Linen thread, Cottage Cutz Fall Vine

Friday, March 9, 2018

Shopping My Stash for a Dress

All my new stamps fell to the wayside temporarily when I had the strongest urge to color this dress for the National Dress Day challenge at Shopping Our Stash.  National Dress Day was March 6th.  There was a time I would have loved wearing this dress, but it's a little young for me now.  Doesn't stop me from thinking it's just the cutest thing, though.

It's a Stampendous stamp called "Spring Fling".  Sixteen years old.  My, how time flies!  I've used it quite a few times in the past, but not for years.  I hadn't necessarily planned on making a clean and simple card, but it's such a large stamp, and I can't think for the life of me what I did with it in the past.  It probably would have involved ribbon and designer paper and rhinestones as I'm pretty sure clean and simple wasn't even in my vocabulary 16 years ago.

The 2018 version has a border made with a Lil' Inker Silly Stitched die.  The dots on the dress and in the flower centers are sparkled with a Spica Atyou glitter pen, which shows nicely when seen in real life.  It's infinitely easy to mail and will make a fun birthday card for a girly friend.

I colored with Copic markers and used an older SU sentiment from the set, "Absolutely Fabulous".

Well, that was fun, and how nice it was to bring out this older stamp.  Gosh, I still love it as much as ever!  Have a happy day!

Shopping Our Stash #344:  National Dress Day

Stamps:  16 yr old Stampendous Spring Fling, retired SU Absolutely Fabulous  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card  Ink:  Memento London Fog, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Lil' Inker Silly Stitched die set, Spica Atyou glitter pen

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Candy Cane Christmas

I've been waiting with bated breath for the new CAS Christmas Card Challenge and it's finally here!    It should be great encouragement, not only for getting some Christmas cards done, but for practicing clean and simple simultaneously.  The theme this month is "Holly".

Now, I'll admit I've had these cards in the works for a while, but quickly finished them up so I could play along.  I used one of my new (sort of) stamp sets.  I'll call it new because I've only had it since just before Christmas and hadn't used it yet.  That's new by my way of thinking.  The stamp set is Power Poppy's Berry Sweet Holiday.  I made two cards with this clean and simple design:

Colored with Copics, cut out and popped up.  Glitter on the berries.  All the white is Neenah 110 lb.  The peppermint candies are one of the stamps in the set.  Gloss was added.  I was thinking along the lines of large-ish enamel dots.

So, the first card is my entry in the CAS challenge, but I also made two of these:

CAS gals, turn your heads 'cause there's a lot going on with this design.  Ribbon, layers, designer paper... on a semi-tall card.  Still mailable with one postage stamp, though.

I'm always trying to figure ways to use my massive hoard of ribbon without adding a big, bulky bow.  In the photo below you can see an idea that worked well for this card.  I used an old SU double rectangle punch to create slots through which to thread the ribbon.  I placed an enamel dot over top so it looks like the ribbon is all cinched up in a brad. 

Here's that challenge link again.  The DT has some fantastically inspiring cards:

CAS Christmas Card Challenge:  Holly

I hope to play again before the month is over.  Thanks so much for visiting today.  I'll be back with more "playing with new stuff" later this week.  Stay well!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Berry Sweet Holiday  Paper:  Neenah 110 lb white, textured white, SU Real Red and Polka Dot Parade designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Copics  Accessories:  Diamond Glaze, Diamond Stickles, enamel dots, double rectangle punch, Fiskars scallop edge scissors, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Monday, March 5, 2018

Party at the Hen House

Hello, and welcome to another week of foul weather stamping!

So... I mentioned I have new stamps.  Getting right down to business, I'm starting with a stamp and die combo from Your Next Stamp -- "So EGG-citing".  You know how I like to color, and I'm developing a fondness for clean and simple cards, but, I also still like to goof around with fun, silly stuff, and play with dies and frames and papers and card designs.  Believe it or not, my husband thought this card was just the neatest thing.  I told him that's why I call it "playing in my room".

Perhaps it seems like a whole lot of card for that one little ol' egg carton, but I couldn't stop.  I had to use the chicken wire and wood grain frame.  Needed something for the corner, so along came the grass.  Well, what's a party without a little decoration?  Hence the banner.  Thought about using kraft for the card base, but then remembered this burlap paper which I've had for quite a long while and have never used.  Yes, this card represents a good deal of fun.

I sponged a yellowish glow on the background so there'd be lights on in the hen house.

I used a partial sentiment on the front, and saved the egg-pun sentiment for the inside.

I rarely buy a set's matching dies, but this time it was absolutely essential for putting the eggs and chicks in the carton.

Playing along in two challenges today:

Seize the Birthday:  Anything Goes

Alphabet Challenge:  Y for Your Choice

I'll come back around to this set later.  It's such a simple little thing with bunches of stamps and sentiments for several occasions.  Makes me giggle.  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp "So EGG-citing"  Paper:  Neenah 110 lb white, Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Surface (inside hen house), Neenah Grocer Kraft card base, SU Wild Wasabi and Going Gray, DCWV Burlap Paper, Elizabeth Craft Through the Lens Wood Series designer paper, Simple Stories Snap Color Vibe designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Spellbinders Grand Squares and Classic Squares Large, Cheery Lynn Chicken Wire Frame, Impression Obsession Grass and Grass Border, Memory Box Banner Parade, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Friday, March 2, 2018

Purple Poppies

Just one last card before the weekend, and I hope it will leave you with pleasant dreams of warm weather and sunshine.

Isn't this a pretty poppies stamp?  Well, you can't buy it, but you can have it for free.  If you like to color and don't mind digital stamps there are all kinds to choose from at Digital Two for Tuesday.  Now, when you first click on the blog you may think it's not your thing, unless you're a very vintage-minded stamper.  I don't do much vintage these days, but many of the images Cora has shared do not appear vintage at all.  This one, for instance, could pass for a brand new stamp.

Colored with Copics and popped up on a sanded Core'dinations card base, some pretty iridescent sequins added... where's the vintage?  In fact, Cora found these poppies in a 1953 Jane Snead embroidery design booklet.  I still say, "where's the vintage?"  Does that mean I'm vintage, too?

If you'd like to have these poppies to color one of these days, you can find them and more right here.  Click to open the image in a light box, then right click and save.  These Jane Snead images are some of my favorites.    To see more of the pretty Jane Snead flower designs, click here and scroll down.  There are many I've colored in the past and many more I'd like to color in the future.

I've been following Cora on Digital Two for Tuesday for years.  It's a hugely selfless thing she does, searching out these images and cleaning them up for us to use.  Picking out one of her many vintage images and giving it a new look is a treat I haven't given myself for a while, but since I've been coloring so much lately...  I plan to do more.

That said, I have some brand new stamps I'll be spending time with, as well, so I'll be back next week if stamping continues to happen.  See you then!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Moonlight Sailing

Welcome back!  I continue to work away at the not-yet-used stamps. I've only had this one for a couple of years.  I know!

I keep stamping flowers and critters, critters and flowers, and have felt I should do something else once in a while.  I wondered what that would be, hmmm?  Well, I live close to the beach, so how about some beachy cards?  And that's how this stamp came into my collection.  More on that in a minute, but first, the card:

And here's how the stamp is depicted on the packaging:

I thought it would make good masculine cards, and I do like the stamp, but the more I looked at it, the more I puzzled over the coloring of it.  I could be wrong, but it seemed to me, whether that large orb was a vivid sunset or a full moon rising, there probably wouldn't be much color showing on the boat.  Maybe it should be more of a silhouette.  I don't know... what do you think?

At any rate, after pondering this for two years (!!) I finally decided to color it as a silhouette against a splendiferously huge, bright, other worldly kind of moon.  Just a hint of color showing on the boat.  The sentiment is from another not-yet-used stamp set.  I can see it as a retirement card.  Now, all I need is for a guy friend to retire.  However, with the right sentiment inside, it could be used for other occasions, too.

More not-yet-used supplies on the frame -- the anchor and fishing net -- which I bought for all these (ahem) beachy cards I planned to make.  The fishing net is a large square, but as you can see, I used just a corner of it.  Another corner decorates the inside of the card.

Maybe later I'll make it into a sunset.

I've been doing more than my usual volume of stamping, so I'll pop in again Friday.  I have to keep this up or I'll lose my momentum.  It's always been the case -- the more I stamp, the more I stamp.  Know what I mean?  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  CC Designs "Sailboat", Inky Antics "Moonlight Raccoon" (sentiment)  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card (colored panel), Neenah 110 lb white (frame and seashells), Real Red, Basic Black, navy Core'dinations  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Adirondack Sandal (for sponging seashells), Copics for coloring -- blues are B60, B63, B66, B69  Accessories:  Spellbinders Grand Squares (frame), Amy Design Fishing Net, KaiserCraft Anchors, Impression Obsession Sea Shells

Monday, February 26, 2018

Pretty Potties Sweet and Pink

Hello, friends!  Friday I shared Christmas cards, but today it's back to springtime.  It's a lot like our kooky weather that can't make up its mind.

These are two very simple feel-good cards using a Pretty Potties stamp set by Pink Petticoat.  I think it might have been a magazine freebie in 2013.  Gosh, that's five years ago already.  No matter the age when you're smitten, and I do love these stamps!  There are no sentiments with this set, so I combined both with a Hampton Art sentiment set called "Celebrate Life".

Even though these stamps are five years old, they're new to me, having been received as a birthday gift in late October.  My friend, Cheryl, went to great lengths to find them for me after she saw my adoring comment on Connie's blog where she'd used this set some time ago.  It's quite a web of friendship we stampers have, isn't it?  I'm feeling a lot of love!

These stamps seem to beg for clean and simple, so I gave them a lot of white space, but also worked in a little designer paper.  The first card uses a die cut Palma Curve topper (Poppystamps), and the second card has a deep, double scalloped edge.  The scallops were done with an old Stampin' Up slit punch.

Well, gee, I've had these stamps four months and am just now using them.  Actually, that's not bad for me, considering I've got some not-yet-used stamps that have been sitting MUCH longer.  I'm doing better, really.  No more of this nonsense of letting them sit so long I lose interest in them.  I'm so over that.  Still working on catching up with the not-yet-used stuff, but I'm getting there.  Are you in the same boat?

A full list of supplies can be found below my signature.  I'll be back to visit again Wednesday.  Till then... happy stamping!

Stamps:  Pink Petticoat "Pretty Potties", Hampton Art Kia "Celebrate Life" (sentiments)  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, Echo Park Creative Agenda designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Stampin' Up! slit punch for scallops, Poppystamps Palma Curve

Friday, February 23, 2018

Three Degrees of Simplicity

Last Sunday our weather turned from a beautiful false spring to a blustery mix of hail and snow, dark and, at times, quite stormy.  I can't bring myself to say it was gloomy, as I do enjoy the drama of an occasional stormy day, especially when viewed through the window of my cozy stamp room.  So that's where I spent the day.  All day, no kidding.  It was a rare treat and a perfect day for making Christmas cards.

I started with this card:

It has a glossy card stock base with ink sponge-rubbed directly onto it -- SU's Brilliant Blue and Bliss Blue.  Clapped wet hands over it to make the splatters.  Learned that trick from Pam Sparks.  Thanks, Pam!  Laid a napkin over the wet splatters, then lifted and this is the result.

Next, layered a snowflake background, then a stitched frame, bird, foliage, Noel.  The noel was cut from another piece of inked glossy card stock, the bird from silver glitter paper.  Most of the dies are layered for dimension.  I think you can see some of it in the photo.

Hmmm... too much work to repeat, so I made the next one simpler.  A base of white wood grain card stock with a smaller inked panel.  On this one I stamped a few snowflakes with Versamark ink, then rubbed on the Brilliant Blue.  Did the hand-clapping splatters.  A bit much, but it makes the single color background more interesting.  The Noel is cut from red mirrored card stock.  Note the leafy branch:  It's cut from the same wood grain card stock, but on the reverse side.  This way the white matches, but the texture contrasts.

The third card is simpler still.  The white is Neenah 110 lb.  I used a Sizzix wood grain embossing folder for the background.  The Noel is glossy card stock, inked with Brilliant Blue, no splatters.

After I finished the Christmas cards I immediately made two cards all springy fresh and pink.  I'll pop in with those next week.

Everything I used on these three cards is listed in the recipe below my signature.  Are you making Christmas cards yet?  I know, it's hard, but will be worth it later.  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  SU Serene Snowflakes  Paper:  Glossy white, Georgia Pacific Premium white, wood grain white, Neenah 110 lb white, silver glitter card stock, red mirroed card stock, black  Ink:  SU Brilliant Blue, Bliss Blue, Melon Mambo, BlackBerry Bliss (the last two are on the Noel, card #1)  Accessories:  Sizzix wood grain embossing folder  Dies:  Memory Box Scattered Snowflake Background, Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Frames, Memory Box Airin Bird Background, Paper Smooches Foliage 1, SU Wonderful Wreath Framelits
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