Serene Garden

When I first saw the Serene Garden Bundle in Stampin’ UP! ‘s new 2018-2019 Catalog, I knew it would be fun to use and experiment with. There are so many possibilities between the stamp set and die set that I could go for weeks. Today I’m sharing two completely different styles with you.

First I used a couple of In-Colors; Call Me Clover and Grapefruit Grove. I stamped the corner with Clover, on Clover card stock (4.125″ x 5.375″). Then I stamped it on white card stock (4″ x 5.25″).  I stamped the upper corner and then the sentiment (from Blended Seasons Set). I stamped the bird and flowers on scrap, colored with Grove Blendables, cut them out and affixed them to my design. I mounted both pieces on Grapefruit Grove. I love this color combo. It is so fresh and bright!

My next two cards were an experiment but I really like how they came out. I know I could do something interesting with the die that doesn’t cut but actually works like an embossing folder and just creases the paper. I tried several different rubbing mediums and finally came to one that I like; “Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Wax” in Enchanted Gold by Creative-Expressions.

I ran black card stock through twice, creasing both corners with the die. Then I used a cloth and the gilding wax to rub all over. I did the flowers, butterfly and tag with sentiment in gold & heat embossing. I really like the elegant and antique look of this card.

This last card was done by running black card stock through twice with die. Then I lightly went over the whole thing with my Versamark Ink Pad, similar to the Black Ice Method. I used gold embossing powder and heat embossed the whole thing. I like this too. It is a little bit of different look but I like the wax better. What do you think? Thanks for reading. I welcome your comments!

Is it really August 1st?

I don’t know about you but I can’t believe that August is here already. How did half the year go by so fast? Well, 3 good things about the year going fast are Stampin’ Up’s! promotions. Two of them start in August and it’s also when you will start seeing photos from their new Holiday Catalog. I know!!! We are over half way to the holidays! So here are the two things you don’t want to miss out on. ONE: a beautiful, exclusive bundle on special release. Color YOUR Season-

(149894 $65.75)

The set includes 12 exclusive stamps and 10 dies. All you need to get you through a whole year of designing fun. Plus, if you order now you can take advantage of the next great thing you don’t want to miss. BONUS DAYS:

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Babies & Weddings

Seems like spring comes and all we hear about are babies and weddings. Well, what a perfect opportunity to make some new, cute & beautiful cards for just such occasions! I had so much fun searching for just the right cards. I wanted cards that are pretty but not that hard to make. Because, let’s face it, who wants to spend all day making one card?

I’m quite pleased with my selections. See details below.

From A Little Wild Stamp Set and Little Loves Framelits comes Honey Bear. This card was cased from Liz Yuille at OldStablesCrafts.co.uk but I stepped it up just a little. She has a good video showing how to make this card. I just added the branch from Seasonal Layers Thinlits and hung the beehive from it instead of having it sit on the “ground”. Isn’t it adorable! Because the stamp set and coordinate die set is made to be a tag, folding over to make a more interesting inside was as easy as pie! I’m so happy that this set is NOT retiring.

Now for Weddings: This card is so easy and quick to make but is one of the most elegant ones I’ve ever made. Gold foil is cut using the Blooming’ Heart Thinlits. The base of white is embossed using the Softly Falling Hearts TIEF (retired, but “Softly Falling would look very good too and that one is still available) Heat Emboss the greeting and ta-da!  Unfortunately, the thinlit set is retiring so get yours before they sell out https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/product/140621/bloomin-heart-thinlits-dies

Color Burst Prints are so FUN!

Just in from two days at the Stamp & Scrapbook EXPO in Pomona, California. I have to say that it is a little disappointing that they switched venues from the Anaheim Convention Center. The Pomona Fairplex, while being a very nice venue, is much smaller and consequently, there are a lot fewer exhibitors. Took me just an hour to peruse the aisles and see everything. I guess some would say this was a good thing. 🙂

The classes are fewer as well and not as much diversity. However, I still had a great time and am going back today for a couple classes. Yesterday, I took two Color Burst classes with Ken Oliver (Crafts). I have to say that it was a blast! I wanted to take the class so I could learn some new techniques for the new Stampin’ Up! Brusho Crystal Colours made by the British company, Colourcraft.

Once can purchase all 5 colors for $30 at the online store: https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/product/144101/brusho-crystal-colour

Here are a couple of prints from the class yesterday:

This technique is very easy. Just lay down a stencil on a piece of thick watercolor paper. Don’t touch it or move it. Sprinkle the color powder in various spots. For best results, use colors that are close to each other on the color wheel. I used a warm palette of yellow and orange with a dash of red and brown. I know in spots it looks almost olive green but this is just from the pigmented colors. I did not use any green. Once you’ve laid down a small amount of color, (a little goes a long way) take a very fine spray bottle and spritz the entire surface. Make sure all areas get wet and the color spreads to your satisfaction.

Pick up the stencil right away. Don’t let it sit there because the longer it sits there the bigger the chance of water seeping under the stencil. For the next part, I picked up the stencil and laid it down on another clean surface and then laid another piece of watercolor paper on top. I pressed it down with my hands and then lifted up. And BINGO! I was very pleased with the results. Some people turned the stencil over and laid it down on the paper. I just found the previous way more to my liking. I will try and do a video with the technique soon. Feel free to leave comments or questions. Happy playing!

Hold on to Hope

Holding onto Hope is a strong message for a variety of issues one may have. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a sickness or just one of life’s challenges, hope can bring us to a place of joy and contentment. That’s one reason I like the new Hold on to Hope stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Occasions Catalog. This set is great for birthdays, baptisms, Easter and anniversaries too.

The stamp set can be purchased in a bundle with the coordinating Framelits Dies which expand the possibilities even more. View all the products used at the bottom of this post.

Here are two very different cards I made from the set. The first one is for Easter and features a sentiment from the Suite Sentiments Stamp Set (retired). 

This next card was CASEd from BrandyCards.com. I changed it up a little by stamping the background on the diagonal instead of straight. I also embellished a bit more with the flourish and butterfly from the set. I also added a few pearls to add some elegance. The sentiment for this card is from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set (2017-18 Annual Catalog).

Purchase this stamp and die bundle with coordinating cardstock and you will also earn a free item from the Sale-a-bration! Catalog. What could be better!