Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Stamping # 11 Inks, Five Ways For Five Days

You didn't think ink pads were just for stamping, did you?  Silly, of course not! There are many things you can do with your ink pads to get the most for your initial investment and I'm going to show you five different ways to use your inks in the next five days. Starting today!

I'd like to share an ink blending technique that I was reminded of out of necessity. We all know what that means. "Necessity is the mother of invention! I, in no way invented this technique. It does come in handy for the times you run out of coordinating colored card stock. And that's exactly what happened when I wanted to coordinate the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die with the color of card I was making. I may not have had the colored card stock I wanted but I did have the ink color and I had whisper white card stock. Marrying the ink and white paper made for a beautiful union in this case.
Check it out! Just by taking a mini ink blending tool and blending lemon lime twist and bermuda bay inks onto whisper white card stock, I got this really cool green ombre look!

Here is the finished card:

I kept it all really simple by using a background stamp from Stamping' Up! Timeless Textures stamp set and layering the die cut on top. I adhered a few rhinestone basic jewels  for some sparkle and called it a day. 

I hope you'll try this technique. Happy Sunday Stamping my friends! Stay tuned for tomorrow, where I'll be showing you another way to use your inks!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Stamping #10 A TON of Father's Day Wishes

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads and Moms who play both rolls (my Mom was one of them when I was growing up). Being a parent is the most important job in the world and it's always appropriate to give thanks and appreciation when we can.

I've noticed more and more stamp companies have come out with layering stamps. These stamps create an almost 3D look to your stamped image when layers are applied in a light ink to start and each additional ink darker than the first. Stampin' Up! has several layering stamp sets that I'm familiar with. At first I was a bit intimidated by them because I wasn't sure how to use them but with practice, I've become quite comfortable.

Freshly home from an Oregon Coast vacation, I spotted a wave layer stamp by a company called, The Ton Stamps.  It was one of those impulsive moments where I just had to have that stamp! The ocean wave stamp details are amazing. A wave is simple but can conjure up so many meanings for so many different people that I knew it would be worth the investment.  Once I received my stamp and matching die set I quickly went to work and made use of my Distress inks to make a simple, yet meaningful Father's Day card for my hubby.

Not only did he love it but when I posted it on Instagram, The Ton Stamps loved it too! They shared my card and commented on my post and I'm so thankful. I have to say, just knowing someone appreciates the cards I make, is the reason I make cards.  I mean, I love all the ink, stamps and artistic techniques but when it comes down to it, all I want is for someone to like them as much as I love to make and give them!

So, continue to have a TON of fun and happy stamping my friends!  I'll see you next Sunday!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday Stamping # 9 Graduation

Tis the season for graduations. You may have friends, family or even yourself soon to graduate and if so, congratulations! It's a super accomplishment to be graduating and a time to celebrate!  What do you need when you celebrate? Presents and a card to go with, of course! And I have the perfect card!
I chose a neutral color scheme using Stampin' Up!'s Easter Palace Designer Series Paper and coordinating  card stock along with gold glitter paper to go with any recipient. The gold just pops right off the card and adds a nice touch. The cap was easy enough to make with a couple of different sizes of my layering squares dynamics along with a mini tassel.

I'm so fortunate to not only have two wonderful nephews graduating (wish I could've been there when they did) this year but my own daughter will be walking down the isle Tuesday evening. My Mom, sisters and nephew (who just graduated yesterday) are due to arrive tomorrow! It's such a blessing to have family around on this momentous occasion. My daughter didn't have a great start to her high school career (she nearly flunked ninth grade!) but my husband and I rallied around her and offered her the best resources we could to encourage her.

We soon learned she suffered from an anxiety disorder and with help, she learned coping skills that would allow her to not only function in school but thrive! She ended her senior year with all A's and one B, two medals, one in media arts for her excellence in photography and the other for her excellence  in eduction for minorities (she is Native American). She will be graduating with an advanced diploma.

We are beyond proud and as I'm typing this, tears come to my eyes. It's not just what your kids do that makes them successful but more what you do to teach them, guide them and encourage them as their parents, that helps them see their full potential, this day and everyday!

Happy stamping friends! Congrats to all our Grads and kudos to all the parents!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Two Stamp Sets One Card

I have a Thank You Card featuring two new stamp set bundles and one of our beautiful new 2017-2019 In colors from Stampin' Up!'s Annul Catalog that launched today!
The In Color I chose for today's project is called Powder Pink.  The name says it all when describing this color. It is the perfect color of soft pink and goes great with a number of neutral colors, like the Early Espresso ink and card stock I used here along with Whisper White card stock.

I combined the Colorful Seasons stamp and coordinating dies with Daisy Delight stamp set for the sentiment. Both sets are brand new and can be purchased at a ten percent discount when combined with their coordinating dies or daisy punch that comes with the Daisy Delight set. 

There are so many possibilities for creativity with these sets! This is just a start for me using the amazing products in our new annual catalog and I can't wait to show you more! 

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I've missed my last two Stamping Sunday posts. I feel bad but it has been a little hectic at my house. My daughter is graduating high school next week. This week my other daughter has her last dance competition of the year and last week we went on a quick family vacation to the beautiful Oregon Coast. Can you blame me for missing out on my blog when this was my other option? 

Vacation is over. Back to Reality. Happy Stamping my friends!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Stamping #8 Mother's Day

No stamping or card making for me today. Went to my favorite breakfast place this morning with my Mother in law, hubs and girls. Then, I went to the mall with my girls and hubby. We walked around, stopped at See's Candy and bought $20 worth of chocolate to devour later and decided to leave right after because it was too peopley there. When we arrived home we did laundry and watched our DVR'd TV. It was a super day with no real purpose but to do whatever. No cards, no flowers just love from my family doing the things we like to do when we don't really have to do anything. So relaxing I fell asleep on the couch and am only now getting to my blog.

Happy Mother's Day! I hope all Moms had a wonderful day!!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

New Stamp Set Sneak Peak

I love being able to play with new stamp sets from Stampin' Up! before they're available to my customers. It allows me the opportunity to give honest recommendations of product that I think worthy of purchase from me. Lets face it, this hobby is not cheap! You have to get the best bang for your buck and if that means forgoing some product for others, I'm all for that! The hard part though is   so much of Stampin' Up!'s product is worth every penny.

Today I made a super simple, anyone can make this, card.  I used a stamp set called, Crafting Forever, from our new annual catalog and Stampin' Up! watercolor pencils.
Don't you just love a freshly sharpened pencil? Maybe that's just me. It's the small things in life that make me happy.

Here is my simple card. I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Stampin' Up!'s black archival ink, colored in the image with the watercolor pencils then used my aqua painter to spread the color. I cut out the panel with a stitched rectangle die by Simon Says Stamp. I wish Stampin' Up! would carry more stitched dies because I love the finished look they give to a card. I then adhered the watercolor panel to a basic black card base and called it a day.  A creative day, if I do say so myself!