Hello stampers. I love fountains and birds. The two often go hand in hand because birds are attracted to fountains both for drinking and bathing. I love fountains because of the relaxing sound of the splashing water and the artistry of their designs. In public spaces huge fountains are iconic gathering places. This Flowing Fountain stamp set drew me not only because of the lovely artwork but also because of the beautiful words. It is perfect for sympathy cards and thinking of you cards. You can hone your colouring skills with this set using Blends, watercolour pencils or an aqua painter and ink. These cards are only a beginning of what you can do with this Flowing Fountain stamp set. Let’s take a look:
I stamped the image in Stayzon ink on shimmery white cardstock knowing that I would be colouring with an aqua painter. If you use Memento with water it will run or bleed. When you colour with Blends, then you need to use Memento ink. The shimmery white piece measures 3 5/8″ by 4 7/8″. With these measurements you can get five pieces out of a regular sheet. That is important because this paper is relatively expensive compared to whisper white cardstock but it is very well suited to watercolouring. The mat is pool party. I coloured with gray granite, pool party and granny apple green. Blueberry bushel, so saffron and calypso coral were used on the birds.
I couldn’t resist making another card with Painted Seasons. It is only available until March 31 or while supplies last. The sentiment is from Flowing Fountain however. Don’t you just love the font? I used early espresso and cherry cobbler on very vanilla cardstock. The images were stamped on very vanilla and then run through the Big Shot with the Subtles embossing folder. It is important that you first stamp your images on the smooth very vanilla cardstock and then run it through the embossing folder to get that beautiful texture. Texture is particularly dramatic and important when making a tone on tone card.
This card has the sentiment that I really, really loved in Flowing Fountain. I knew right away that I would use it over and over for making Hospice cards. I did a Facebook live video showing how to make this card this afternoon. Here is the link. Please do let me know if these links don’t work! I inked up the Country Floral embossing folder (on the logo side) with crumb cake ink. You just dab the ink pad directly on the folder. Then lay on your 4″ by 5 1/4″ piece of very vanilla cardstock and run it through the BIg Shot. Afterwards the folder rinses off beautifully just with water in the kitchen sink. I coloured the raised flowers with an aqua painter and ink squeezed into the lid of the ink pad or from an acrylic block dabbed directly into the ink pad. I used Petal Pink, So Saffron, Granny Apple Green and Blushing Bride.
I hope you were inspired by these cards today. Remember, the country floral embossing folder and the Painted Seasons stamp set are only available until March 31 or while supplies last as a free item during saleabration. The folder is available free with a $60 purchase and the Painted Seasons bundle (it also comes with adorable paper) is free with a $120 purchase. If you live in Canada, just click on any of the items at the end of my post and you will be taken directly to my online store. If you do not already have a demonstrator, I truly would appreciate your business. Of course, there is always a spot waiting for you on my team as well. The very best deal ever is the starter kit! If you have a wish list that is around $95, then your best bet is to spend $135 on the starter kit. You pay no tax and no shipping AND you get to choose $225 of any products you like. This is only valid until March 31. After that you can only choose $165 in product. This is still a good deal but not as amazing as the one you can get right now! Want to treat yourself? Click here and let the fun begin.
Hello stampers! If you know me at all you know that I love birds. I love watching them, I love feeding them and I love to take pictures of them at my feeders. Roosters are the exception. While they are a beautiful, proud bird they are also quite mean. I am sure we all have a rooster story. I grew up on a dairy farm and I helped milk the cows many early mornings and evenings. That wasn’t so bad except for the resident rooster. He was mean! He had a nasty disposition and found great joy in sneaking up on me while I was sitting between the cows either washing an udder or putting a milk machine on. In other words when he knew my hands were occupied and I was vulnerable. He would literally attack with wings flapping and beak pecking. Given the chance I would send him flying with a well-placed kick, but sometimes he won. I swear that bird gave me a nervous disorder! That being said, I do love the free stamp set Home to Roost. The rooster is oh so fun to colour with our Blends either accurately or whimsically. Why not colour that bird any which way you want? He also looks good in a monochromatic scheme. Let’s take a look at a few different cards. Who knew a rooster could be this cute?
Stamping on patterned paper is fantastic. Here the rooster is stamped in blueberry bushel on our Wood Textures paper. The stitched shape framelits give just the right “country” feel to this card as does the gingham gala paper and the burlap ribbon. This card was made for me by my team member Alison Reid. Thanks Alison!! Don’t you think that balmy blue looks great with blueberry bushel? And don’t you agree that anyone not in the stamping world would wonder what the heck we are talking about?
This card was a swap card made by another team member, Yvonne Macfadyen. Simply lovely. This clean and simple card has only one difficult aspect to it. You have to fussy cut the rooster unless you have a scan and cut machine, that is a great way to cut down on cutting time (pardon the pun). Our nasty bird was stamped in Memento black and coloured with Blends.
I keep looking at these cards and thinking how beautiful they are and how much I love the set but hate the bird!! I am sure there must be some nice roosters out there. What do you think? This one was stamped on a window sheet (otherwise known as acetate) using Stayzon ink since it will not smear. Flip it over and colour with Blends on the back side. I used three glue dots to adhere it to a glimmer paper circle. Both were cut out using the layering circles framelits. The card base is basic black layered with bermuda bay and accented with lovely lipstick and the lovely lace edgelits. The polka dot paper is from the neutrals 6×6 designer series paper (boring name right?) on page 191 of the annual catalog.
This last card was also made by my team member Alison Reid and she was inspired by Amanda Petersen. It has a very vanilla base and the Buffalo Check background stamp was used to create the “patterned paper” look using cajun craze and it measures 5″ by 3 1/2″. The rooster was stamped in Memento Black and coloured with Blends. Our stitched shape framelits once again come in handy for creating a simple but elegant focal point. The burlap ribbon adds just the right finishing touch don’t you think?
I decided to add one more card to this post. I saw it posted and made by Brenda Keenan and I just tweaked a wee little bit. I love how she stamped the rooster in black on crumb cake as background paper. I used my Stamparatus so that the images would all be nice and dark. I add the black and silver ribbon from the Garage suite and it works! Sometimes it’s nice to mix things up a bit.
He is definitely magnificent to colour with the Blends. I used just two colours, cherry cobbler and crumb cake on the rooster and then bronze for the ground under his feet.
Well what do you think about our resident rooster? He is safe on paper and he colours beautifully. He makes no noise at 5am so that is an added bonus. He is also free with a $60 purchase during sale-a-bration which is the annual, epic Stampin’Up! sale that goes until March 31. He is also a part of a package deal that Stampin’Up! puts together for you. The package is called Home to Roost Cards on page 11 of the sale-a-bration brochure. They put together a collection of products that they have used to make the card samples, so no guesswork. If you scroll to the bottom of the post you will see the link to this collection. The best part of it in my opinion is that you can get the bundle for half price if you host an epic workshop. At $550 in sales you get a half price item. Before I was a demonstrator I always hosted a big party during sale-a-bration and everyone would order at least $60 to qualify for a freebie so I would always get a half price item too. I truly do not understand why people are so reluctant these days to host a workshop. It was such fun for everyone! If you would like to gather a group of friends for a workshop at my studio and get free stuff, please contact me. It is one of my favourite things to do.
I thought I would end this post sharing a fun card that fellow Canadian demonstrator Lynsay Mahon made. I just had to case it. Another confession. I was using the tiny letter stamps from Make A Difference and I totally lost patience and I hand wrote the last two letters. Do you like how vivid the roosters are in the samples that have colouring? You might want to consider joining the Blends Club. Read the details here. If you live in Canada and don’t already have a demonstrator, I would love to have you order from me. Just click on any of the icons below and it will take you straight to my online store. If you could also use the host code 2HGCDSXE that would make me very happy. Keep smiling and have a super day.
Hello stampers! It is a windy, blustery, cold day here in southern Ontario. A great day for playing with stamps, ink and paper. I have just discovered the beauty of our Lovely Lipstick Foil. Did you know that it is one of the free choices with our sale-a-bration deal? Until the end of March you get to choose from select items with a $60 purchase, and the Lovely Lipstick and Grapefruit Grove foil sheets are one of your options. They are on page 12 of the Sale-a-bration brochure. I have only had a little time to play with it and I love it! It is striking the way it catches the light and how it coordinates with several of our paper collections. It is perfect for luscious Valentine’s card too. Let’s take a look what I have done with it.
The inspiration for this card came from page four of the Occasions catalog where they used a band across the card as well. I thought the foil paper would be perfect for that. Here you can see it in more detail:
Here you can see a few things. 1. The lovely lipstick foil coordinates perfectly with the All My Love paper. 2. The Meant to Be stamp set is a DistINKtive stamp which means the stamps are made so that you get the look of different colours using only one ink pad! It truly is amazing when you experience it. 3. Stamping over top of your sentiment really is pretty!
You can use what is meant to be a Valentine’s set for other things as well. I love it when a stamp set is versatile!
Now this card doesn’t use the foil, but you could definitely replace the lovely lipstick cardstock with the lovely lipstick foil. I so wish I had more time, but you will have to use your imagination!!
For this card I used vellum behind the lovely lipstick foil on top of the card and I also popped it up to make it more of a focal point. I also used the foil paper under the sentiment. It really is a stunning combination with the All My Love paper.
Now this card also has no lovely lipstick foil on it, but I had to include it to show you how beautiful the stamps are in the Forever Lovely stamp set. Here you can once again see that it is a DistINKtive stamp when you look at the lovely lipstick flowers. Do you see all the shading? It stamps like that!! No fancy techniques needed. I absolutely love it. I was playing with the stamps and the framelits and my focal point ended up being smaller than I wanted and that prompted me to use the Delicate Lace edgelits so that I wouldn’t have to throw my lovely piece away! I like how it turned out. I used the Lace dynamic textured embossing folder to make the card feel more Victorian and decadent. It’s all about the textures and the feeling that it evokes. Here you can see all the lovely details even better:
I also used a piece of the Grapefruit Grove foil paper to make a very simple butterfly card. The colours are tranquil tide and petal pink. I was going to play some more to add more layers and details to the butterfly, but really it is already quite stunning. There are four sheets of each colour in this amazing sale-a-bration offering. Just choose item #149712 when you place your order.
Well, that’s it for today people! I hope that I have inspired you with a few ideas of what to do with this amazing foil paper. Both the Lovely Lipstick Foil and the Grapefruit Grove foil are beautiful and with four 12 x 12 sheets in the pack you don’t have to be frugal with it. #loveitchopit will work great with this paper. Remember when you hoard you really don’t enjoy it nearly as much as when you use it to create beautiful cards.
Here is a video I did showing some of these cards under construction.
Hello stampers! Sorry for my long absence here but it was all with good reason. Sometimes life has to happen and some things just have to be let go of for a while. So, with the move into my new house, Christmas with the family and then a trip to my roots in the Netherlands, this blog had to take a back seat. Thanks for your patience!! Today I want to share a card I made using Lasting Lily. This is a free stamp set during the famous annual Stampin’Up! promotion called “sale-a-bration”. This sale has been going on almost as long as Stampin’Up! has been in existence. It is the sale that pulled them from the edge of bankruptcy! Traditionally you could get several products for free with a qualifying $60 purchase. For the last two years they have added some options that you can get with a $120 purchase. This beautiful stamp set fits into the last category.
What makes this stamp set, Lasting Lily, so special? Well, in my opinion, three things. 1. It is a distINKtive stamp set which means that it is made to look ombre, or shaded without you having to do anything special. It works best with a light touch and with an ink pad that isn’t all new and juicy. 2. It has LOTS of great words in it with a beautiful font. 3. It has two beautiful calla lily images as well as a great leaf image that can be used in its entirety or just a half. It can also be bent before putting on the block so you get different shapes for a more interesting bouquet.
I would consider this a clean and simple card. It’s the little details that make this card a stunner. The rectangle stitched framelits are a must have for any card maker or scrapbooker. The rectangle framelits not only “stitch” the edge of the cutout, but also of the part remaining behind! That is why you see a double stitched image. I adhered the “frame” flat to the mossy meadow card base and I popped up the middle rectangle with the lilies stamped on it. The sentiment was also cut out using a smaller rectangle framelit. It is popped up on the right hand side and then adhered with regular non-dimensional adhesive on the left hand side. A few pearls were added just because they add a nice touch. The design element that really takes it over the top? Running the stamped image through the Big Shot with the Subtle embossing folder. It is important to do that step AFTER you are done stamping so that you get a good clear image.
The rectangle stitched framelits come with 13 dies and they are $48. By the time you add the shipping and tax in Ontario you are already at $59.66. Did you know that you can put them in your starter kit? Right now you would only pay $135, but you could pick out $225 worth of product. If you don’t have a Big Shot yet, you could start with that, add the rectangle stitched framelits, the subtle embossing folder and a pack of neutrals cardstock. You would also get a Paper Pumpkin kit. No tax, no shipping as well as 8 catalogs for you to give to people who might someday become your new stamping community and best friends!! No strings attached. Worried about what to do with your kit? Just enjoy it and share what you love and you will be amazed at what can happen! At the very least you can come to my Diva Day on March 23 and get spoiled by me!! Click here if you are interested!
I made a video showing a few tips and tricks with this great stamp set. Lasting Lily is perfect for sympathy cards, but also for other occasions such as birthday, thinking of you and get well, not to mention happy anniversary. I hope you enjoy it and have fun playing with all the great new products in the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs. I am also hosting a Creativity Day next week Thursday for anyone placing a $60 order. Lunch will be included and we will have a lot of stamping fun. All you need to bring is your own adhesive. I have to admit that I do not stay on top of my calendar of events, so the best place to stay in touch with what is happening in my studio is to subscribe to my newsletter.
I would be very thankful if you choose to order online through me! The only requirement is that you live in Canada and that you don’t already have a demonstrator who helps you. It is not my intention to “steal” anyone away from their current demonstrator. Working in the craft industry is not easy and I would never intentionally sabotage anyone else’s business. I hope you have a lovely and meaningful day. As a parting goodbye I thought it would be nice to share one of my favourite memories of my trip to Holland.