Hello stampers. It was time to ink up Sheltering Tree before it retires and I used what I call the watercolour smash technique. If you watch the video you will see why I called it that. With my limited mobility in my wrists I did mess up a little on the bike, the tires look a little thick, so now it is a mountain bike.
I did a video showing how this card was made and during the process I got an ugly melon mambo smear on that beautiful white section. How to fix it? I simply stamped a second tree!!
The twine is from a Paper Pumpkin kit from last August called Blissful Blooms. I actually like this second card better than the first one!! I am keeping my writing to the point to save my wrists, so watch the video for the rest of the tips and tricks.
The stamparatus is perfect for adding the details and also for the two-step stamping of the tree. This is a set that you will use over and over for many different occasions. Trust me, you want this one in your repertoire.
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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. Can you believe it is already May 4? That means it is almost Mother’s Day! It really doesn’t feel like it in southern Ontario. It has been such a cold and rainy spring, I still have a mud yard because it has been too wet to grade and add top soil and seed grass. Great card making weather though! I have some Mother’s Day Tea cards for you today. I was inspired by Amy O’Neill’s card which I saw in the Freshly Made Sketches site. I really need to get involved in these sketch challenges so look for that to happen. Maybe you would like to play along too. Amy used the tea framelits from saleabration and the Tea Together set from the Occasions catalog. I had not yet inked up this beauty so it was high time to do so.
The other source of inspiration for these cards was a package of Tea Room designer series paper and rich razzleberry velvet ribbon. I am really happy with how these cards turned out and I think they will be perfect for Mother’s day and for my coffee and a card regulars.
This is the card that I cased from Amy O’Neill. She used pool party for the base but I was literally down to scraps in that colour so I chose mint macaron. I love how the teacup turned out. I coloured the flower with calypso coral blends and granny apple green for the leaves and daffodil delight for the flower centre. Do you see how I placed my watermark right over the glare from the lights? Yes, the picture was taken during the day, but it was such a dreary day that I needed the lights on inside!!
This little diagram gives you an idea of how to make the pocket shaped panel on the front of the card. The original patterned paper piece is 4″ square. Mark the middle with a pencil at 2″ and then one inch up each side. Cut from the three inch mark to the middle 2″ mark on either side. I then adhered it to a piece of cardstock 4 1/8″ wide. I lined up the edge of the patterned paper with the edge of my trimmer guide and then cut. Do that on either side and you’re done!
Here is a closeup of the teacup. You can even see the Wink of Stella that gives such a pretty sparkle over top of the colouring done with Blends. The best thing is that there is no fussy cutting. The framelits do all the work for you.
This card uses the same “recipe” as the card on the right in the first picture. I used two different patterns from the Tea Room Specialty designer series paper. The top one is 3 1/2″ by 3 1/4″ and the bottom piece is 3 1/2″ by 1 1/2″. Put them on a pool party base measuring 3 3/4″ by 5″. The other card has a rich razzleberry base. I made a third card using this same layout, but I forgot to take a picture of it in natural light.
Here you an see my vintage teacup up close. I embossed the tea cup in silver on vellum cardstock and then cut out another teacup out of patterned paper. I adhered them together with Tombow liquid adhesive using a sponge to apply it evenly. The result is that the pattern is softened and almost gives it a porcelain look. That pretty ribbon you see is also part of the Time for Tea suite in the annual catalog. It has a stunning copper stitching along the edge that is not done justice to in the picture. I really love how all the different patterns just look so lovely together, just like an assortment of vintage china.
Time for Tea is retiring are the Spot of Tea framelits but the Tea Together set will be in the new catalog. Here they are so you can see them:
I did not use this stamp set or framelits for my cards but I did use the ribbon and the paper from the suite. For a complete list of products used just scroll down to the end of the post. If you click on any of the items and you live in Canada, you can shop from my online store and have these amazing products shipped right to your door. Stampin’Up! charges 10% shipping as well as provincial sales tax.
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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!
Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder
Hello stampers. Have I ever told you how thankful I am for the inspiration I get from my fellow demonstrators? France Martin inspired me with this beautiful stained glass hummingbird. When I saw her beautiful creation I just had to know how she did it. Thankfully she also shared a video where she explained it step by step. Today I am going to show you my creation as well. First of all you need window sheets, heavy duty aluminum foil, adhesive sheets and of course the Humming Along bundle for the hummingbird and the framelit.
You start by embossing your hummingbirds on window sheets. Be careful when using the heat tool and don’t overemboss or the window sheet will warp. Then colour your hummingbird with Blends. Crumple up the aluminum foil and then carefully straighten it out and smooth it a bit. Peel off the backing of an adhesive sheet and lay the foil on top. Cover this again with the backing that you had just removed and burnish it with your bone folder. Carefully pull the adhesive sheet off of the foil. Press the hummingbirds on the window sheets onto the sticky back of the foil. Cut out with framelits and Big Shot.
I did find out by accident that you can use Tombow liquid adhesive and it works as well. I started to make my hummingbirds before watching France’s video. So I made a small puddle of Tombow on the corner of the silicone mat and then flattened the puddle with a sponge and then sponged the Tombow on the back of the hummingbird and then pressed it on the foil. I place a punch on top of it for a couple of hours while I made supper and then when it had dried I ran it through the Big Shot with the framelit. Looked great! It just takes a little more time than using the adhesive sheets.
This is what it looks like. If you want you can add more depth to the colour by adding another layer of Blends to your hummingbirds.
Here is a closeup of the stained glass hummingbird. The black embossing and the crumpled aluminum foil under the coloured window sheet really does mimic the look of stained glass. Let’s see what it looks like on a card.
I couldn’t decide which picture showed the colours better, the card laying flat or the card standing up, so here is the other one. I used the Share What You Love designer series paper which is such beautiful thick and textured paper. I have to confess that I was hoarding it a bit, but now that it is retiring I have a feeling of largesse, and I cut entire card front sizes of it: 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″. #loveitchopit If you love your paper you really do need to chop it, because then you will use it and you will be inspired to create even more.
Here is the second card that I made, this one has a softer look and I used an unusual choice of paper: Tranquil Textures. I guess for me it was unusual because I sometimes think inside the box. That paper was shown with an ocean themed set so then I only think of using it with nautical cards. I am told by my girls that I do the same thing with my clothes. If I buy it as an outfit I forget to mix and match with other items of clothing in my closet. Funny, right?
Once again, when I laid this card down the light seemed to catch the colours on the stained glass hummingbird better. I picked this paper because it reminded me of a summer sky. The Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut specialty paper is hidden away on page 48 of the Occasions catalog. One side is whisper white and the other is petal pink.
I just want to use this beautiful hummingbird everywhere! I will make a video showing you how to do it yourself. This technique is another one that is better shown than described. Humming Along is a retiring stamp set, so it will only be available while supplies last. If you live in Canada and want to purchase it, please click on the images below to go to my store. If you could also use the current host code, that would make me very happy. If your order is over $200 do NOT use the code because then you will qualify for your own host benefits, which is 10% of your total order. You can use this for exclusive host sets or for any other products in the catalog or on the clearance rack. Here is the code: TXE4JNCY.
Here is the video that shows you how to make the hummingbird.
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Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder
Hello stampers. On Saturday I had my monthly Sweet Suite Saturday class and two of the cards used Brusho. What a lot of fun it was! Everyone’s cards were unique and beautiful and I was inspired to keep creating. So when everyone went home and it was time to clean up, I kept the Brusho out and I made this card. We had already decided that for next month’s Sweet Suite Saturday we would use Lilypad Lake and I had three cards all ready to go but I needed one more. I decided that it would be another Brusho card. After a quick peek online I found some inspiration from Becky Jensen. You can see her card here. It is such a treat to have an idea to build on. Do you want to see what I made?
I think the white heron from Lilypad Lake looks striking against the Brusho background. Now the question is does it look better clean and white like this or with a saying? Here is the one with the saying. I look forward to hearing what you have to say about it.
The front of the card was cut out using the stitched rectangles framelits. So easy and so elegant! The brusho background was done on shimmery white cardstock but you could also use watercolour paper. I used Prussian Blue and Yellow Brusho for the background. The sentiment is also from Lilypad Lake. Right now you can still save 10% on the Lilypad Lake bundle, but in the new catalogue it will no longer be a bundle, so keep that in mind when you order.
In this next photo I show you how I layered the rectangle frame overtop of my Brusho layer.
I used regular dimensionals to pop up the frame over my brusho background but you could also use dimensional strips. That got me thinking that this could also be an amazing shaker card!! I hope you enjoyed today’s technique card. Brusho is going to be retiring and I just want to encourage you to get it because it really does bring out your inner child. As adults we don’t take enough time to play and this product actually does just that. It gets you to play and forget bad weather, difficult circumstances, pain, whatever. I’m so happy I discovered it!
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