Hello stampers. It is a Friday afternoon here in southern Ontario and it is officially summer and it feels like it too! Can’t complain about the heat after such a long wet and cold spring! (I didn’t get the post finished, so it is now almost noon on Saturday!!) I have just discovered the Pressed Petals paper and the coordinating washi tape. Both are just so lovely!! I did a quick Facebook Live video on my page, I am hoping that you can access it here. Pressed Petals has a very vintage feel to it and the washi flowers look so real you want to touch them! I am very, very impressed. I think you will have a LOT of fun with this product. As adults we definitely need to play as well and I think that is something that is seriously lacking in most people’s lives. When is the last time that you played?
The best part of this card is the amazing washi tape flower! It looks like a roll of washi tape but it is actually individual petals with which to make very realistic flowers. They are beautiful to look at and touch and the delightful surprise is that they are so very easy to make.
The best tool for making these pressed petals washi tape flowers is the silicone mat. After you have made your flower, use the embossing buddy and tap the back of the flower to take the stickiness away. That way your flower will sit naturally on the card and not get stuck to it and lose the dimension.
Here is the paper in this beautiful suite of products.
Let’s take a look at the inside of the card. I used the other spool of washi tape which is absolutely beautiful and also has a great vintage feel to it. I used Woven Heirlooms for the sentiment.
Here is a closeup of the pretty flower! The Perennial Essence floral centres are perfect for the Pressed Petals washi tape flowers.
Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope you like the card. As always, if you want to order anything, and you live in Canada, just click on the images below and you will go straight to my online store. If you live in the USA, click on the shop with Julie link and she will help you out! Have a super day.
Hello stampers. Are you ready for another Rococo Rose card? This one also uses the faux chalkboard technique but it was done on sahara sand cardstock for an entirely different look. I love the technique, the colours and the stamp set. Before I show you the card I have a question for you. Do you know what Rococo means? I didn’t so I looked it up. Rather than type out the entire definition, click here and you will also be more knowledgeable!
Here you can see a closeup of how lovely the faux chalkboard technique is.
I did some simple stamping in the inside of the card as well. For my insides I just use computer paper and I adhere it only on the top so that people can easily remove it and regift the card. This way the card is the gift that keeps on giving!
Finally here you can see the two cards side by side to see how different they look on different backgrounds. Same technique with one done on Rococo Rose cardstock and the other on Sahara Sand. I had a hard time deciding which one I liked better! Woven Heirlooms is a lovely vintage stamp set that works perfectly on these cards.
I am working on both a ribbon share with all the new ribbons in the catalog as well as a paper share. The paper share will be $66 for 162 sheets of 6 x 6 paper. If you need it shipped that will be an additional charge. I hope to have that figure tomorrow for you! Ribbon shares include all the new ribbon in the catalog, you will get 30 yards for $39 and again I have to figure out the shipping. I hope to have that all ready complete with a PayPal button. I am moving into the technological age a little bit more!! I also hope to have a tutorial ready for these cards as well but I am also prepping for an Art Show this weekend so time is in short supply.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I promised you that I would choose someone who commented on yesterday’s post and they would be getting a surprise in the mail. I thought it might generate some more interest is I showed you what the prize was, so you get another chance if you comment today! The prize is a lovely Paper Pumpkin stamp set.
That’s all for today but be sure to check back tomorrow for the ribbon shares, the paper shares and the story of my cross border buddy partnership with Julie Gilson! If you follow me but live in the States, you can now click on the shop with Julie button. How wonderful is that?
Hello stampers. Have you ever noticed when you go shopping that you see Stampin’Up! colours? That is no happy accident. Stampin’Up! prides itself on being on trend, especially with the “in colours”. I am going to take some time during the next week to introduce you to the new incolours. Today we will be taking a peek at Rococo Rose. My team is doing an event next week Friday featuring the new incolours and this card is my contribution. I also incorporated our new shimmer white embossing powder which it totally amazing! I love how heavy the powder is but still with a fine consistency. It embosses beautifully and is a great mix between white and shimmer. The shimmer part actually looks like silver.
I combined Merry Merlot with Rococo Rose as the sponging in the middle of the flowers turned out such a lovely deep shade. I used the faux chalkboard technique and then sponged rococo rose in the centres of the flowers. Here is a closeup look.
I absolutely love the vintage feel of this card. I plan to offer a tutorial on this card in the very near future. Exciting things are happening on this blog! Thanks so much for joining me. I always appreciate your comments. I still need an address from Kathy Ireland who won the last blog candy which is a mini version of the Hugs from Shelli stamp set. Tomorrow I will choose another winner from the comments. Not sure what the prize will be yet, but I know it will make you happy.
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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.
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you were inspired to make some cards and send some happy mail.