Hello stampers and happy Thursday. Today I am participating in The Library Challenge and the book we are using for inspiration is Where the Wild Fern Grows. I loved this book so much when I was a child, so I was thrilled to see that it was the featured book for the library challenge.
The Importance of Books
I have loved books for as long as I can remember. One of my most vivid childhood memories is on grade one when I went to the school library for the first time. Oh, the wealth of books! I remember one book in particular because it was a different shape than all the others. It was about frogs I think and it was taller than the rest. Even now I always have at least one book on the go. Books are the only way I truly relax and do nothing. Ask my kids and they will tell you that I get so lost in my book that I hear nothing! I think they finally believe me when I say that I am not purposely ignoring them, I truly don’t hear them! My book transports me into another world.
Sometimes this time travel into another book is not a good thing. I feel so deeply that the book I am reading can really affect my mood. Where the Wild Fern Grows reduced me to a torrent of tears. I was a stoic child who would never cry in public or even in front of my family; I would go and hide to cry. At 52 I am finally learning to be vulnerable and let my tears show. Go figure.
Books are vital to mental health, to being more well-rounded as a person and therefore more open to other people’s ideas. Books help us to understand other people and other cultures. They can be a bridge to peace.
Where the Wild Fern Grows
If you have never read this book and you would like to know about the story line, you can check out the link here. The Library Challenge encourages us to make a card inspired either by the cover of the book, the title or the story. I chose my inspiration to be the story. Billy grows up in the Ozark mountains and trains two hunting dogs that are the love of his life. While several tragedies occur, I like to focus on the big picture. I know that there are many money that BIlly looked back on with joy. His heart will always be in the mountains and he will never forget his beautiful and loyal dogs Old Dan and LIttle Ann. Do yourself a favour and read this classic. If you have kids or grandkids or even elderly parents, read this book aloud to them. People love being read to, it is so calming and we could all use more of that in our lives!
I chose to use the stamp set Mountain AIr. This great nature set is a pleasure to work with! With mountains, tree lines and individual trees, birds, rocks and a moon you have all you need to create a gorgeous scene. I also used the water stamp from the new set My Meadow. The frame and the saying are from the Painted Poppies Bundle.
The card itself is quite simple so I added interest by adding texture and dimension. Simply winding the linen thread around at angles and tying at the back makes for a more interesting focal point and adds texture. The white panel is adhered to the mossy meadow panel which is popped up on the grey granite card. The sentiment is also popped up as is the smaller pine tree.
Only three colours were used on this card: mossy meadow, grey granite and balmy blue. By stamping off, also known as generational stamping, you get more colours for a more in depth effect. If you want to see another project I made that uses generational stamping, check out this blog post.
The Library Challenge
If you want to read more about The LIbrary Challenge, or if you want to take part yourself, you can find them here. I know you will be inspired as I was to combine my love of reading with my love of card making. What book are you reading right now? What was your favourite book as a child? I would love to hear from you in the comments. Thanks so much for joining me today, have a super day!
I just realized that I promised to tell you the story about my afternoon with my Tante Nel but it will have to wait until tomorrow. Enough stories for today.
Hello stampers! Before I tell you about the double value on the Looking Up card kit I want to give you an update on my Pap. First of all, thank you so much for the outpouring of love and prayers for him. He was put on a very strong antibiotic for his pneumonia, and while there were some unpleasant side effects, it kicked in right away and he saw dramatic improvement. I am so thankful that I was able to drop everything and just go and be with them. My mom said that my very presence calmed them both and gave them optimism. My amazing daughter in law baked and cooked up a storm so they were blessed with a lot of food too. Thanks to the United Church ladies I had some rhubarb pies in the freezer that I baked up for them and even though they said they didn’t have great appetites, I knew that my roast beef and mashed potatoes would hit the spot with these old Dutchies. I wasn’t wrong! I felt like a mother bird watching her chicks eat. Good food and good sleep go a long way to helping with the healing process.
It really does help to have a tribe! That is what I call my stamping family. My team member Liz Fields took over for me and set up the booth at the Art at RM show which was part of Retrofest. It was such a good feeling knowing that this opportunity was not wasted and that it was in good hands. I came home with renewed vigor and inspiration. When time is of the essence then kits are our best friend. The kit I am using today was at the top of my list when I first saw the new catalog. It is a stunner! At first I was a little disappointed since I only had three kits and each kit had three of each card. That means only nine cards and one would be a sample. Doing more math, that meant I only had room for 8 people at coffee and a card class. What’s a girl to do? Take a look at the picture below, it has both the original cards from the kit as well as three cards that I designed myself.
Here is a close up of the alternatives. Do you know how I did it? The kit has additional pieces that you can pop up on the cards to make them look 3D. To tell the truth, I wasn’t happy with that look at all. I thought there was a much better use for those beautiful die cuts! Before I could use the die cuts I wanted to recreate the look of the clouds and watercolour wash in some of the kit cards. I just bought the rainbow builder dies that are on the clearance rack and the main reason I bought them is for the two long cloud shaped dies in there. Good news!! They are still available. Just click here and you are one step closer to owning them. On two of the cards I did a watercolour wash and on the hot air balloon card I made window sheet masks with the dies from the Rainbow Builder set and I sponged some gorgeous clouds using Bermuda Bay.
Tomorrow I will share closeups of the cards as well as some simple tips and tricks for getting your watercolour wash to look a little nicer. I will end this post with a quick video showing all the cards and a few tips and tricks that helped me get twice as much value from this kit. This kit comes with all the supplies to make 15 cards, a mini ink pad, a big clear acrylic block a stamp set and 15 gorgeous lined envelopes and two sheets of dimensionals to pop up the sentiments and the die cuts.
Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope I inspired you with these fun and easy cards. Tomorrow I will do a video of the background techniques. I so appreciate everything you do. Each card or project that you pin helps me out and each comment encourages me. I love my stamping tribe! Have a super day.
**PS In case you are waiting for a PayPal button for paper and ribbon shares I cannot do that/ These items are not cash and carry items, you need to let me know that you want one and then I can send you an invoice. Paper shares are $66 for a 6×6 piece of each paper in the new catalog. Ribbon shares are $37.
Hello stampers. A Good Man is the name of a new stamp set in the upcoming annual catalog. Not much longer to wait, this amazing catalog goes live on Tuesday! If you live in Canada and need a catalog let me know. They cost $5 to ship but this will be credited back to you on your first order. A Good Man is perfect for Father’s Day but also just to say I love you or thank you to a great guy. There is no happy birthday sentiment in this set but you could combine it with another set for that or simply write in the inside. People who love you cherish your handwriting!! Here is the trio of cards that I have for you for Tuesday’s coffee and a card class. The green gingham one was given to me as a swap card by Pat Skirtschak. She does lovely work and I’m so happy she gave me this card. I hope to do a tutorial video on it later today.
Pat used the Gingham Gala patterned paper for the middle card as well as Waterfront Stamp set for the palm trees and the water and birds from High Tide. Those lovely stitched rectangle framelits also add a lot to this card. If you want this Gingham Gala paper order it now, it is retiring! The current host code is YDZAPF6Y.
The most important technical detail on this card is that the granny apple green card front that wraps around the back is 3 1/4″ by 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″.The gingham paper is 3″ by 4″, so you can get two pieces out of a 6″ by 6″ sheet of gingham gala paper. I will do a video later on showing how to make it.
I just love the images in A Good Man, they are perfect for colouring with Blends although watercolouring with our watercolour pencils would also be very nice. I’m just a Blends addict! The paper is from the Come Sail Away suite. Both of these cards are perfect examples of the #loveitchopit theory. You can get six card fronts out of one 12 x 12 sheet of paper. Cut three strips of paper 4″ x 12″ and then cut into 5 1/4″ pieces.
This card uses the exact same layout but uses a pop of real red instead of night of navy. The patterned paper from Come Sail Away is 4″ by 5 1/4″, the white piece is 2 1/4″ by 3 7/8″. The real red is 2 3/8″ by 4″. The sentiments are cut out using the layering circles framelits.
I wanted to share with you that I earned the incentive trip on Friday night. Thanks so much for being a part of that achievement!! I am so, so grateful and blessed. As demonstrators we get a points for what we sell and also for leadership on our team. If you get enough points you can earn an annual incentive trip. I love traveling so this is truly an incentive for me to do well. I love what I do and after 13 years of doing it I have found that I also love training my fellow demonstrators to have more success in their business. I started a training group on Facebook called The Pampered Stamper Training Group. There is a small monthly fee of $5 to compensate me for my time. Here is the link if you are interested in joining and it doesn’t matter where you live, so this is a global group!
I am so happy that you stopped by today. Last week I offered a small prize (known in the blogging world as blog candy!) to someone who commented on my post. The winner is Kathy Ireland! Kathy you will be getting one of these cards as well as a photopolymer stamp that we used at OnStage to make the Hugs from Shelli cards. It is not the exact same stamp set as the one in the kit, but you will love it. I would love it if you checked out my Pinterest board as I have found that this is a great way for people to find my work. I also have a YouTube channel that you can check out here. If you subscribe you will be notified when I post. I hope you have a super day.
Hello stampers. I decided to make a second twisted pop-up card with the Come Sail Away Suite as I needed to show you how I made it. It was time for an updated version, but the jury is still out whether or not it is an improved version or not. The first one was quite effective I am told. While the video is uploading I will write this blog post and show you some pictures of the actual card. For the card front I used a card from the Come Sail Away Memories and More card pack.
There are five different items from the Come Sail Away suite on this card: the baker’s twine, the sail away trinkets, the Come Sail Away Memories and More card, the Smooth Sailing dies and the Come Sail Away designer series paper. Suites make it a dream to coordinate and create a great card.
I really love how this card turned out in the inside. I stamped the sailboats in Memento Black and coloured them with Blends. In yesterday’s card I had them stamped just in one solid colour and that works too, but this is definitely a step up.
Here you can see the panels up close. Each panel has a piece of designer series paper measuring 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ as well as a stitched oval framelit (the second largest one) The sailboats, the anchor and the banner are all popped up with mini dimensionals. In this last shot you get a glimpse of the inner mechanism of the card fold.
Finally, here is the video that I made to show you how to put this card together. I hope you find it useful and that you feel inspired to make one of these beauties yourself. Thanks for stopping by, but before you leave, can I ask a favour? Please pin your favourite card as that really helps me get more traffic to my blog and that eventually will also help to grow my business. I really appreciate you! Have a super day.
Hello stampers. My most popular video on YouTube is a twisted pop-up card tutorial but it is already a few years old so I thought it was high time to make another one. Meet my Sailing Home Twisted Pop-Up card. This is such an impressive technique card and when you are shown the proper way of doing it, it really isn’t that difficult. The outside of the card looks completely normal, the surprise happens when you open the card. The effect is very satisfying to you the card maker! I decided to use Sailing Home because I love the suite so much. Let’s first take a look at the mechanics of this card.
After you have your standard card base of 4 1/4″ by 11″ scored at 5 1/2″, you will need this piece. In the video tutorial I will show you how to fold it. Basically the two triangles you see in the diagram stay intact. You fold it in half down the long scoreline in the middle, and then you tuck the middle in behind the triangle. Clear as mud? No worries, in the video it will make sense. If you take a look at the next diagram you will see the shape it needs to be. Before adhering this to the inside, I adhered two 4″ squares of designer series paper to the top and bottom inside of the card.
Once this first piece is inside you are ready to also adhere to the bottom of the inside of the card (the triangle you see will have sturdy adhesive put on it and then you close the card so that it will stick to the bottom as well)
This part will become the focal point of the Sailing Home twisted pop-up card. It is easiest to completely decorate this part before putting it inside the card. For this stage of the card a video is the easiest way to show the procedure. A twisted pop-up card is very difficult to photograph, so I decided to pin it to my card “clothesline” so you could see it properly. First we will take a look at the very ordinary front of the card. I did use one of the gorgeous laser cut pieces from the Sailing Home Memories and More card pack to use as a stencil and I am really happy with how it turned out.
I have to confess that I went for a walk with my girls after supper and when I was almost home I remembered that I had invited people over for a visit!!! They were waiting for me when I got home, so I ended up taking these pictures in “night” light, not natural light, but they aren’t too bad.
I love how these papers and stamps just work so well together. I used night of navy, mossy meadow, real red, crumb cake and balmy blue.
Here you can see all the stamps and framelits I used for the inside of this card. I can’t wait to make another one of these with a different combination of patterned papers. I did use the water stamp from High Tide on the first and last panel. You could also stamp the sailboats in memento ink and use Blends to colour them for a stepped-up version of this card. Here is a very short video that shows you the card “in action”. Tomorrow I hope to do a lengthier video tutorial on how to make this card from scratch.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I promise I will share the video tutorial on my next blog post. In the meantime, you can check out my original video here and that should help you get started on your very own Twisted Pop-Up card. I would love to hear how you make out. If you really love this bundle and can’t wait until June 4, you can add it to a starter kit right now. If you live in Canada, just click here to make that happen.
Hello stampers. It is already May 2! Time flies when you’re having fun. I was asked this morning if there was a way to make a masculine hummingbird card. I think there is and I actually have just the thing for you. I made this watercolour wash background card for my Sweet Suite Saturday class but with the leftovers from showing the technique I made a different card. I kept it clean and simple with no bling and added a large, bold sentiment to the bottom. This framelit was a freebie from saleabration 2018. It is in the annual catalog now but it is retiring. I love its bold simplicity. Let’s check it out.
The textured pattern that you see behind the hummingbird is a framelit from the Humming Along bundle. This is done on watercolour paper, so I ran it through the Big Shot twice, the second time upside down. This ensures that all those little intricate bits get cut perfectly. Then you need to use the die brush when the framelit is still on the cardstock. Brush vigorously and then you will have to hardly any poking to remove it from the watercolour paper. I then took an aqua painter and made a wash on the paper. Then I picked up some balmy blue ink with the aqua painter and went over the wet spot. Make sure your ink is nicely watered down so you get the best watercolour effect. Let’s take a closer look at the “masculine” butterfly.
I embossed the hummingbird in black on watercolour paper. I then spritzed him with water and then carefully sprinkled on some Brusho powders starting with red on his breast, yellow on his head, prussian blue and mossy green on his wings and some gamboge on his tail feathers. If you get your colours too dark you can blot off with a baby wipe to reveal the colours underneath. Make a few at once so that you can play around with colour. My second hummingbird was much prettier than my first one.
Before I sign off today I want to share with you a gorgeous new product medley called Everything is Rosy. It is only available for the month of May while supplies last. It is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for the avid paper crafter. I will share a link so that you can see lots of samples made with this medley of products. Demonstrators at each OnStage in April showed this line of products to us. We could not order it ahead of time so I don’t have it yet so I will share the treasures found online. Here is the link to my Google search. Here is the link to Mikaela Titheridge’s blog, she is an Artisan award winner who presented at OnStage. Lastly, here is the link to Tracie St Louis’ blog, she is a fellow Canadian demonstrator who shared with us at OnStage in Quebec City.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope the masculine hummingbird inspired you to make one of these beauties for yourself. Remember, Humming Along is retiring so get it while you can. Have a super day!
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