Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride is my chosen colour combination for this sweet, feminine, thank you card. I have drawn inspiration from a couple of challenges.
The first is this Tic-Tac-Toe challenge by Stamp Ink Paper and I chose the top line of Subtles, Circle and Ribbon. So off I went to my Subtles collection and came up with a pretty colour combo.
The next challenge was this lovely sketch from Sunday Stamps.
I layered a panel of Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper 10.1×14.4 cm on a Mint Macaron card base. The 3 Whisper White panels were cut at 9.3 x 4cm. Then I embossed each of these separately. To get this look, take your Mint Macaron ink pad direct to the embossing folder and ink the raised side. Then run it through the Big Shot. This embosses with the colour showing in the indents. I love this method of quickly adding colour to projects.
Clean the embossing folder prior to running through each time so the ink doesn’t transfer onto the next strip of cardstock. Also use Thick Whisper White cardstock as it doesn’t crease.
I stamped the sentiment and coloured in the leaves with a Mint Macaron marker. The ribbon has been layered using double sided tape.
The leaves from the Framed Elements were embossed with White embossing powder. Then I coloured them in with the Dark Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blend. Doing this allows you to use it on so many projects by just colouring it to tie in with your colour scheme.
For more inspiration using this sketch and to see what others have picked for their tic-tac-toe option hop onto Sunday Stamps and Stamps Ink Paper.
I’m participating in the Just Add Ink sketch challenge this week. I love working with sketches as it gives me a starting point but yet so many options to work with.
I chose my bunny friend from Fable Friends for this card. This time creating a newborn card and using the sentiment from the Baby Bear stamp set.
I added Soft Sea Foam to the Country Floral Embossing Folder before running through the Big Shot to create the background. I’m really loving this effect. It’s so pretty and soft. I stamped the bunny then masked off it off to stamp around it using the Artisan Textures stamp. The jacket has been coloured with Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends and the bunny in Early Espresso Water Colour pencil. I used Whisper White cardstock and gently blended it in using a Blender pen.
As I didn’t have any So Saffron ribbon and felt the card needed it, I coloured the tulle ribbon with a sponge dauber. The soft look suits this baby card.
Embossing the envelope added a nice touch to create a matching look.
Stop by the Just Add Ink blog to view the other creative entries using this sketch.
Embossing – one word with so many methods. Heat embossing, Embossing Folders, Embossing Paste. Then there are all those embossing techniques Emboss Resist, Joseph’s Coat, Partial embossing etc. For my entry in this week’s Just Add Ink challenge I think I managed to give the Sale-A-Bration products a good workout without even realizing it. I think they just gravitated to my card!
When I first got the Painted Seasons bundle in the second release Sale-A-Bration offering, I had a picture in my mind of working the beautiful Designer Series Paper in with the Tea Time Framelits dies. There was something about that paper that reminded me of pretty tea sets. I’ve seen quite a lot of these type of sets in specialized tea shops with the ceramic tea pots which have gold edging. So I went about recreating this look.
I started off by stamping the image in Versamark direct onto the Painted Seasons Designer Paper and heat embossing in Gold Embossing powder. The paper has hand painted images for all seasons and is part of the Sale-A-Bration Painted Seasons Bundle (stamp and DSP). Then I die cut it. This in itself looked really pretty and it was such a simple process. Even this coffee drinker wouldn’t mind a cup of tea in that pretty cup.
Next I embossed the card front with the Country Floral embossing folder. This is a Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder therefore the image is very detailed and looks really pretty. This is also a Sale-A-Bration offering. I could have just added a sentiment and left the card like this and it would have looked great because it had so much texture. In this photo you can see the beautiful texture of this embossing folder.
The coordinating cardstock and sentiment was from the Tea Room Memories and More Card Pack. With a name like that, it would seem that all these products were just meant to be together. And what about that sentiment? I think it fitted in perfectly for this particular card with those Rectangle Stitched Framelits working overtime for me again. I seem to be using them on all my cards. The little butterfly is from the Memories and More card pack and I’ve mounted it with Dimensionals.
For more inspiration with various embossing techniques, take a look at the other entries on the Just Add ink site.
I chose to use one of my Top 5 ‘Must Haves’ from the Occasions Catalogue to create this card. These cute ducks are from The Fable Friends stamp set. It’s so cute and is reminiscent of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck. I just love the cute images which can be coloured and brought to life. With Easter, baby and friendship sentiments, this is a stamp set that can be used for various occasions.
I so enjoyed colouring in this duck family. Stampin’ Blends make the job of colouring and shading so easy. Don’t you love the duck with his cowboy hat? Super cute!
I coloured in the mother duck and did some paper piecing using Flirty Flaming Designer Series Paper. Then I added some lace to her collar and pocket by trimming part of the Very Vanilla Lace Trim. The sentiment has been layered on a die cut from the Stitched Labels dies which I cut in half and trimmed to fit behind the oval
This card was created for the Global Design Project Challenge sketch challenge. Hop on to the GDP site to see the other projects created for this sketch.
Designer Series Paper – we all love it. We can never have enough of it. We love it so much we hoard it sometimes. Isn’t it hard when Stampin’ Up! bring out a whole new and fabulous selection of Designer Series Paper for us to drool over each time a new catalogue comes by? So many choices. I did a bit of a clear out on the holidays (as us craft-a-holics do) and the amount of brand new, unopened packages of paper I found …. oh my! I really need to stop. Or should I say – I really need help!
This week’s TGIF Challenge is all about showcasing pretty patterned paper. My difficulty was choosing which ones I wanted to use. So I began by choosing the stamp set first. This was a little bit easier as I wanted to ink up a set I hadn’t used as yet. I chose So Hoppy Together with the little frogs.
I’ve seen several cute and creative projects made with this stamp set. However, I do confess, I have an aversion to frogs so it was kind of translating into my stamping life and I was having a bit of trouble being creative with this set. So it was really good to be able to mix it with the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper to come up with this card.
As this challenge was to showcase paper, I incorporated it in various ways and even added an accent piece with a circle punch. I also included a strip of Tropical escape DSP, stamped it with some dots from Amazing Life stamp set in Lovely Lipstick and then punched the edges with the Everyday Label Punch.
The sentiment is from the new Itty Bitty Birthdays stamp set which has some great sentiments for the inside of cards as well. The Lilypad Lake bundle gave me the perfect lilypad for my frog to sit on. Colouring in these images were fun and Stampin’ Blends allow you to add shading very easily and quickly.
Adding strips of DSP to decorate the inside of your card and envelope give a lovely coordinated look and is another way of using and showing those beautiful papers you have on your shelves or in your drawers.
See the other entries for this challenge on the TGIF site featuring great use of Designer Series Paper and be inspired.
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My card today is inspired by the colours of Soft Sea Foam, So Saffron and Petal Pink as I’m playing along in the Global Design Project Color Challenge.
I immediately thought of creating a vintage look card with an aged feel and the Lovely Lattice stamp set seemed it could work for this. I wanted to recreate the look of cards my parents used to get, over 40 years ago, on their wedding anniversary – the flowers with the distressed look on cream card.
For many years I used to create paper tole images and when I started creating this card, something inside me snapped (for want of a better word) and made me want to create different layers to these flowers. If you don’t like fussy cutting – fear not. Get yourself some Stampin’ Up! paper snips. They are second to none. Paper, ribbon – I use it on everything. That is all I have used to fussy cut around these flowers. And fussy cutting can be therapeutic in a weird kind of way – just follow the lines!
I stamped several images in Crumb Cake on Shimmery White Cardstock. Using the ink refills of Soft Sea Foam, So Saffron and Petal Pink, I coloured the images. Then I fussy cut and layered the flowers and leaves, adding sponging around all my images – a mix of Soft Sea Foam and Crumb Cake.
Drop by the Global Design Project page to see the other lovely projects that have been created for this challenge.