Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Be Awesome Banner - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

Its Thursday, so that means it is time for another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! As always there are sixteen of us from all around the world, so be sure to click the "Next" button at the end of each post to visit everyone. I have no doubt that there is some amazing creations waiting for you!

Lately I have been loving inspirational banners and I decided to make another one using the For All Things stamp set. Except, I didn't want to use traditional fall colors and went with a color scheme of Wisteria Wonder, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, and Sahara Sand. Believe it or not, the leaf image turned out awesome in these colors!

Using my stamps to watercolor is becoming one of my new favorite techniques! The Simply Created Banners are made of canvas, so they are perfect for this. I just stamped the leafs in Wisteria Wonder Ink on the banners and then spritzed the images with water. Be sure to stop spritzing with the water just before you are happy with it. The water and ink will continue to bleed until it is perfect!

You could say I went a little crazy on this project, as I did a lot of fussy cutting (cutting the images out by hand). It was totally worth it though! Those leaf garlands on the end banner pieces just make me happy! After cutting out the leafs, I tied some Linen Thread around each one and then tied the garlands to the twine of the banner.

The letters are from the Larger Than Life Alphabet set (quickly becoming a favorite of mine!) and also cut them out by hand. To attach the letters to the banner I decided to just staple them. Couldn't have been any easier! I wasn't sure how this would turn out as I was working on, but it ended up being awesome! I can't wait to hang it up at my desk at work next week!

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Cute and Simple Kinda Eclectic

Sorry for the silence lately. It is getting to that time of the semester where my projects are taking up most of my time, so I often just forget about blogging! I need to get back on track of writing and scheduling all of my post for a week at once, as I know many of you look forward to my posts. I've been thinking about sharing some of my design projects here, would you like to see them??? Anyways, I do have a card to share with you today!

As you know, I love the Kinda Eclectic stamp set. Last week I shared a card with lots of stamping, but this card only has a little and is a super clean look. That is how versatile this stamp set is! Blackberry Bliss is proudly featured on this card, which is one of those colors I find hard to resist lately! The stripes from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack are so rich and delicious looking!

As I said, I kept the stamping pretty simple. Just the dots and two butterflies! I layered a Vellum Bitty Butterfly over the stamped one to tone the color down a bit. This is a great way to soften the look of something! A few rhinestones, and you have yourself a finished card!

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Have you noticed that I changed how I display my supplies? Just click on the arrows to browse through everything I used. The best though is that if you click where it says "Supply List," you can download a PDF of the complete list to save for your convince! 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Seasonally Scattered Cafe Bags - Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop

It's Thursday! That means it is time for another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop! This week we are sharing our projects that will be featured on Stampin' Up!'s Facebook tomorrow. So you are getting a little sneak peek today! Remember that there are sixteen of us on the team; just hit the next button at the end of each post to visit everyone.

The new Petite Cafe Gift Bags are absolutely perfect for gift giving this coming holiday season! They are poly-lined, which is ideal for giving some homemade treats. I love how the images from the Seasonally Scattered stamp set fills up the front of the bag.

Do you see how the image just pops off of the bag? I heat embossed the "Merry" in Cherry Cobbler, and it gives a richness and shine that just stamping doesn't provide on the darker color. The "Christmas" comes from the Merry Everything stamp set. I stamped the whole image in Old Olive and trimmed around the portion that I wanted.

I was so pleased with the first bag, I decided to make another using the "Thanks" image. This time though, I went with more autumn-like colors by using Crushed Curry Embossing Powder paired with Blackberry Bliss. This would be a sweet gift any time of the year!

Just a little bit of ribbon tied around the tops of the bags finishes them off nicely. I am loving the combination of Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon with the Venetian Crochet Trim. It is such a pretty and elegant look. How would you decorate these gift bags?

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More Kinda Eclectic

Hi everyone! I still have a couple of cards that I want to share with you featuring the Kinda Eclectic stamp set. I made these cards a while ago, but they kept getting pushed down the to blog list. This first card is really fun!

One of the things that I love about the Kinda Eclectic set is that you can just stamp all over and it still looks good! As you will notice, I also used all of the newest In Colors on this card. Love these colors together with the addition of some Kraft Card Stock! To get two tones of the same color, just simply ink the stamp up once and stamp twice.

This shape from the Chalk Talk Framelit Dies crop the sentiment out so nicely. It is great to separate the sentiment onto another layer to bring attention to it. A little bit of Lost Lagoon Ribbon and my favorite Rhinestones are perfect for this collage style card!

Remember to stop by tomorrow for another Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Super Easy Watercoloring - Monday Montage

Yay! It's time for a Monday Montage Blog Hop! The card I have to share with you today has a definite spring and summer feel despite the very fall like weather. I LOVE it!

I started building this card with that beautiful watercolored background. Now you could do that by hand, but that is a lot of work! Just grab the Handcarved stamp, sponge some Rose Red and Hello Honey ink onto it, spritz it with some water, and stamp it on watercolor paper. Ta-da! You have a beautiful piece of watercoloring that took you seconds to make!

I then pulled out two of my favorite stamp sets, Bravo and @SoSocial, and just started building some fun layers. I added some flowers from the Flower Flair Framelits and a mess of Basic Gray Baker's Twine. I embossed "Hip Hip Hooray" on Vellum Card Stock so that you could see the flowers and twine behind it. The overall bright and happy feel of this card is great!

Stampin' Supplies:
  • Bravo, @SoSocial, Handcarved, and Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Sets
  • Rose Red and Hello Honey Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Versa Mark
  • Hello Honey, Whisper White, Kraft, and Vellum Card Stock
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Silver Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, and Heat Tool
  • Basic Gray Baker's Twine
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Stampin' Spritzer filled with water
  • Flower Fair Framelit Dies
  • Perfect Polka Dots and Woodgrain Embossing Folders
  • Handheld Stapler with Mini Staples
  • Sewing Machine with White Thread
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