Friday, April 29, 2011

Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini Catalog 2011 Blog Hop! Sunny Days

Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini  Blog Hop!!

I'm sure you've enjoyed seeing Debra's Soft and pretty designs with the On the Grow Set on her blog, Heartfelt Inkspiration.  When you've seen the hop (or if you need to reorient yourself), continue on over to the Stampin' Addicts website...We're having a Stamp Jam this weekend with some fun challenges and chat, and of course you're welcome to join us for the fun.

I'm showing off the Sunny Fun set! I love this set's variety! 
I used the flip flop stamps for a Lilly Pulitzer inspired card in pinks and greens....I would use this to invite friends for an evening of grilling out, or possibly even for a girls day out. 

I have a confession....I cut the floral flip flops off the rest of the stamp. I imagine using them more by themselves than with the entire stamp, and I can still use it by placing it back in its spot on the clear block and fitting the cut edges back together.

The riotous color of the Beyond the Garden designer series paper has a tropical feel too I think. I love the littlest flip flops, stamped and punched with the one inch circle punch, layered onto the new 3 step doily punch! I now wish I'd used the Happy Birthday sentiment from the On Your Birthday set instead, but what's done is done.

There are so many great ideas (Scratch N Sniff, Dazzling Diamond Dust) to spice up the popsicle stamp in this set.  I used the Orchid and Turquoise glitters from Stampin' Up! to give the snowcones an icey Blue Raspberry and Grape look.  Dazzling Diamonds looks cute applied with the 2 way glue pen randomly on the true popsicles for frostiness. (I didn't put any on the fudge bar or chocolate coated ice cream bar.)

I'd used the swimming children stamp already (post below), so I didn't create another for the hop.

Lastly, nail polish makes a fun gift for a variety of ages, and this little box makes a sweet bit of packaging!  I'll have a tutorial for you on Monday, but it is very easy.  Sorry it is difficult to see the pearls and bling on the flip flops.

Now just click on to see Sara's blog....Lily's Inkpad and have fun seeing her fabulous fishy creations with Summer Splash!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Blog Hop tomorrrow at Noon! Sunny Fun!

A quick reminder post about the Stampin' Addicts Summer Mini blog hop tomorrow at noon....I'll be using the Sunny Fun set shown here, but there are also flip flops and popsicles images, so imagine the possibilities!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Poppin' Pastels The Open Sea

I Love Poppin' Pastels (We used it on the first project I ever made.), and I think they are perfect for this tall ship.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Strength & Hope Split Negative

I was inspired by my friend Kim Bolzenthal's split negative Bliss card for this card.  Mine didn't turn out to look much like hers, but hers was definitely the inspiration.

I used Poppy Parade for the accent red and had a lot of fun with the ribbon on this technique card for classes on May 4th and 5th.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

What a joy to celebrate Easter with this sweet little bunny card made with the So Cute set and matching designer series paper.  I also used the new 3 step punch with it for the So Saffron layer under the bunny. (Click the picture, and it should get larger.)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday Greetings CASE of Dawn Olchefske

When a friend posted a link to a card very similar to this by SU! demonstrator Dawn Olchefske, I immediately wanted my stampers to be able to make it. It is also perfect for a Good Friday post.  It is a simple card, but striking in its design, and it is perfect for baptisms or sympathy as well.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Strength & Hope Bright Butterfly

This set Strength and Hope is available in the Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalog. $2 from each set purchased will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation by Stampin' Up!
I love these bright colors for a get well or encouragement card, and if you just add some glitter, the card is celebratory and suitable for Mother's Day.  The Rock N Rolled edges make this card a little more fun and tie the colors together easily.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

MOJO187 Four Frames thank you

I enjoy the Four Frames set which will be in the 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! catalog....These roses are perfect for a quick card that still has some softness to it.  The sketch is MOJO187. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunny Fun Stars on the Water Stampin' Addicts Tech87

Selective Embossing technique was featured in the March issue of Stampin' Success as a great way to show off the Versamarker.

I think you'll agree this is pretty simple. Clear or Iridescent Ice Embossing Powders work well. You could also use our new colored embossing powders to highlight just certain areas of a solid image or make a mixture of orange and pink for a funky look.

1. Stamp an image and color if desired. Choose certain spots that would look pretty with highlighting and go over just that area with the Versamarker.
2. Cover with the embossing powder of your choice. (I used Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.)
3. Heat as usual to melt the embossing powder.
4. Finish your card.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Breaking "rules" and having fun! Reinker Spread on Shimmery White

I typically use a cardstock base that is darker than the background layer, but I was crazy today and used a light color base with a darker color background layer and the new Flower Garden Embossing folder. I also used very small (too small? :)) scale pearls, but I didn't want to distract the eye from the shimmery flowers. I could not decide if I have an overwhelming amount of flowers on this card, so for class my customers can decide which of these three look the most balanced/best to them.

Reinker Spread technique was featured in the March issue of Stampin' Success. I love that it is perfect for the line art roses in the Fabulous Florets set which appear in the upcoming Summer Mini catalog.
Stampin' Up! suggests that we use Glossy White Cardstock, but I think Shimmery White looks awesome myself. (I think it was Lyssa who suggested using shimmery?) Anyway, you can certainly make your own decisions or try both on that.
1. Pick a line art image and stamp with Versamark and heat emboss with either clear or white embossing powder. (I want to try using our new melon mambo ep too though!)
2. Spritz the image with water.
3. Use a drop of each reinker color on a piece of acetate or whatever you normally use.
4. With an aquapainter, color in the sections of the image with your chosen colors. The reinker will spread across the area. I find it best to start with a lighter color and add darker colors to highlight as the cardstock dries out a little.
I also colored the outside of the image after cutting it out a little outside the embossing because I thought it looked cool.
5. Allow the cardstock to dry.
6. Finish your card.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Because I Care Razz and Navy...

This card is a bit out of the ordinary for a Stamp A Stack. It has the Teahouse background and lovely hydrangea and sentiment from Because I care with just Night of Navy, Very Vanilla and Rich Razzleberry.  I tied the Night of Navy Satin ribbon with a bit of Very Vanilla 1/8 inch taffeta, and I believe it will still mail just fine.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Easy Wedding Cards

You could easy change the sentiment to anything you need, and this folder makes any card special. Quick and easy!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Plane & Simple Stamp A Stack Card

For this card, I used a Color Scheme that I think is great at Christmas and year round and the Plane & Simple set from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  This will be a card for this week's Stamp A Stack with optional sentiments for Father's Day or Birthdays.
This card uses SC227 from Splitcoaststampers.