Hydranges, Blue Jeans and Pearls

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… for the Bride to Be.

This past weekend, I attended a Bridal Shower. It starts the count-down to a special wedding that is extra close to my heart … my God-Daughter is getting married! It was definitely one of those, “OMG, wasn’t it just yesterday she was this little peanut that stretched out perfectly in my lap!?” It wasn’t yesterday, but sure feels like! lol 

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I love the colors she has chosen for her wedding … “Champagne, Beige Brown, and Blue Jeans”. So of course, like any card maker … I let her color combo inspire a color challenge!

I used a piece of blue, sandable cardstock from Core’dinations. Using the textured side and sanding with layers of cardstock underneath the blue cardstock so the card stock wasn’t flat when I started sanding. This gave the cardstock a “worn in” jeans look in more spots than others. It is hard to tell from the photo, but the center heart is cut from Stardream Quartz cardstock. It has a shimmer, pearl metallic look to it, so it is a bit slick. I used Onyx Black (VersaFine) ink for the sentiment so I could get a crisp stamped image. So far, VersaFine is the only ink I have had success stamping fine detail on Stradream’s metallic cardstock. [If anyone has had success stamping on metallic paper with any other type of ink, I would love to hear about it.] To be safe from any last min. smudges (yes, I have had finished cards, only to smudge them while placing them in the envelopes! URGH!) … I left it to dry all day before adhering it to the card. In the meantime, I added the scalloped heart to the card so I could add the bottom layers of hydrangeas and leaves (all SVG cuts) and work out where the “pop-up” hydrangeas would go. 

I am happy with how it turned out and I think the Bride-to-Be was too! Oh, and for those of you who attended my Texas workshop back in 2010 … it is Kelly who is the Bride-to-Be (yup, the one with the stretched out arms❣)

kss-crewThanks for stopping by and please check out the beautiful Mother’s Day card that Lynn has created this week.

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Stamps: Hydrangea (3-Step)Wedding Rings (Multi-Step), and Whole Family from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest Classic Cream Crest, Environment Desert Storm (Kraft), and Stardream Quartz & Cappuccino from Neenah.  Blue textured/sandable from Core’dinations.

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

Hydrangea: [Variation 1 – drk. blue] Step #1 – didn’t use, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #3 – Teal Zeal, Step #4 – Nautical Blue. [Variation 2 – med. blue] Step #1 – didn’t use, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #3 – Teal Zeal so 1x, Step #4 – Paris Dusk. [Variation 3 – lt. blue] Step #1 – didn’t use, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #3 – Teal Zeal so 1x, Step #4 – Pearlescent Sky Blue (Brilliance).

Leaves: [Variation 1 – large] Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – New Sprout. [Variation 2 – small] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.

Sentiment: Onyx Black (VersaFine)

Embellishments: Nestabilities – Hearts and Scalloped Hearts. Adhesive pearls from Michael’s and pop dots.

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Hibiscus Eclipse Card

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Eye-Popping Colors & Disappearing Letters!

I have been “oohing and aahing” over the Eclipses cards that so many stampers are creating lately, but after seeing the video demo by Karen Hasheck, I knew I had to give it a try!  Hibiscus-eclips-card

After stamping the bright and colorful hibiscus flowers and leaves, I cut out the “BIRTHDAY” letters using my Silhouette Portrait. Century Gothic – Bold was the typeface and which I then stretched to look more condensed.Hibiscus-eclips-card-side-view

I really enjoyed this card technique and LOVE the look of  “now you see it, now you don’t” effect for the sentiment. I will definitely this technique again!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous, inky weekend!

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Stamps: Hibiscus (Multi-Step) and Forever & Always (Happy) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Classic Crest from Neenah. Dark Teal cardstock – unknown.

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

Hibiscus: [Variation 1 – blue] Step #3 – Paris Dusk, Step #2 – Teal Zeal, Step #1 – Summer Sky, Step #4 – Nautical Blue, Step #5 – Onyx Black (VersaFine).[Variation 2 – red/orange] Step #3 – Lilac Posies, Step #2 – Rose Bud, Step #1 – Cantaloupe sponge edges with Tangelo, Step #4 – Love Letter, Step #5 – Imperial Purple (VersaFine). [Variation 3 – purple] Step #3 – Paris Dusk, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Step #1 – Angel Pink, Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #5 – Onyx Black (VersaFine).

Leaves: [Variation 1 – large] Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart.[Variation 2 – small] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.

 

Sentiment: Onyx Black (VersaFine)

Embellishments: pop dots.

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4 Different Ways to Stamp Rolling Hills …

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Green Knoll, Snowy Slopes, Poppy Fields or Ocean Blue … you be the judge?

Lately, my go-to stamp set for creating a scene card has been Rolling Hills (Multi-Step). You may recall seeing a few weeks ago, the St.Patrick’s card with a green grassy knoll? Then there was my post that showed the 2 contrasting uses for Rolling Hills. One as slopes covered in snow and the other as a field of poppies … but this stamp set doesn’t stop there!

Keep Calm and Shamrock On   Peaceful Greeting from Kitchen Sink Stamps   Red-Poppy-hills

Lighthouse-by-Sea

The other day I came across a video demo by Joyce from Mod Squad/Paper Finesse who was creating a lovely scene card with KSS – HERE and Gina K. Inks (her 40 colors look absolutely lovely which I am going to have to try!) … and Joyce did something that hit me with total inspiration! While stamping Rolling Hills, she used Step #4 at the bottom of the hill instead of the top of the hill. Instantly it looked like waves to me! I LOVE IT when you turn something upside down and see it as something completely different and that gives you entirely new perspective… and inspiration!

Now it just so happens that I needed to make a Masculine Birthday card, so I immediately pulled out Rolling Hills along with Lighthouse (Multi-Step), Sail Boats (Multi-Step), and Icy Pond (Multi-Step)… for the small pine trees AND used the snow drifts for a grassy mound in front of the lighthouse… and got inky!

First stamping the lighthouse and seacliffs. I cut a simple mask for the left side of the lighthouse and the roof to the caretaker’s house and stamped the light pine trees. After stamping the light pine trees, I removed the mask and stamped the darker pine trees and grassy mound… right on top – no masking.

Next the water. Another mask for the cliffs. This mask was loosely cut and a bit larger (beyond the tiny specs of rocks) and placed the mask down lightly so the mask edges were free from the paper (ok… does that make sense?). After stamping each step of Rolling Hills for the water, I would pick up the mask and gently reposition it over the cliffs. This process of repositioning the mask loosely over the cliffs created the white “breaker water” between the cliff and water. As usual, I stamped step #4 a the top, but I also stamped Step #4 a few times at the bottom. Overlapping each time with a different color ink – Teal Zeal, Paris Dusk, and Nautical Blue. This created added waves at the bottom of the card.

Finishing UP. After the water was finished, (using the Sail Boats SVG Cut Files) I cut out two sailboats and then stamped them (colors listed below). The larger one is attached with a pop-up glue dot and the smaller was attached flat directly onto the card stock. I added a little shimmer to the boats’ water wake, with a Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen. Sponge the sky with Summer Sky and a cut cardstock using Lawn Fawn Custom Craft Dies – Puffy Cloud Borders dies. Add the Happy Birthday sentiment from Make a Big Statement, the seagulls… and voilà! A Masculine Birthday Card!

I was thrilled with how the ocean turned out! (Thanks, Joyce!) What do you think?

So, what else can you see Rolling Hills turn into???

I would love to hear your suggestions … even if it is a challenge. 🙂

Please check out the beautiful Lilac Spring card from Lynn McAuley this week.

Thanks for stopping by and have an inky day!

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Tulip Card/Stamps: Lighthouse (Multi-Step), Sail Boats (Multi-Step), Rolling Hills (Multi-Step), Icy Pond (Multi-Step), and Make a Big Statement from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest Solar White 80 Cover 8.5″x11″ 250/pack from Neenah. Soft Sky & Not Quite Navy from SU! 

Inks(Memento)  

Lighthouse: Step #1 – London Fog – so 1x, Step #2 – London Fog – so 1x – repeat, Step #3 – London Fog, Step #4 – Gray Flannel.

Rock: Step #3 – Gray Flannel 2x’s, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 Gray Flannel so 1x + Desert Sand, Step #1 – Desert Sand so 1x – repeat.

Pine Trees & Grassy Mound (from Icy Pond): [Variation 1 – lighter] Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout. [Variation 2 – darker] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio. [Grassy Mound] Stpe #1 – Pistachio, Step #2 – Olive Grove).

Sailboats: [Large Boat] Step #3 – Gray Flannel, Step #2 – London Fog on boat and Love Letter on the sail, Step #1 – London Fog on the boat and Lady Bug on sail then so 1x, Step #4 -Gray Flannel 2x’s. [Small Boat] Step #3 – London Fog, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #1 – London Fog so 1x.

Ocean: Step #3 – Paris Dusk, Step #2 – Teal Zeal, Step #1 Teal Zeal so 1x, Step #4 – Nautical Blue.

Seagulls: Step #2 – London Fog, Step #1 London Fog so 1x, Step #3 – Gray Flannel.

Sky: Sponge with Summer Sky, using Puffy Cloud Borders (see below for link).

Sentiments: Paris Dusk with a drop shadow in Summer Sky.

Embellishments: Lawn Fawn Custom Craft Dies – Puffy Cloud Borders dies, Sakura 37906 2-Piece Pouch Gelly Roll Stardust Pen Set, Clear, & 3L Scrapbook Adhesive Permanent Pre-Cut 3D Foam Squares, Mixed Variety, 217pk, White.

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What’s in your Easter Basket?

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Spring Tulips … were you hoping for chocolate?

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Another pair of Easter cards to share. The first, all but the sentiment, was first cut out with SVG cut files. Then stamped (all inks used are listed below), followed by assembling the pieces together. I accomplished this by adding adhesive to the back of the basket and then arranging the flowers from behind and then trimming the excess.

Using SVG cuts has completely changed the way I stamp… which I really do love! I can have card “components” cut and stamped ahead before knowing what type/design of a card I want to make… which is a life saver for last-minute cards! 🙂

My second card is stamped without any SVG cuts. The main piece is stamped all together on one layer, then cut out with a metal die. Still no masking. I stamped the grass right over the bunny… so he looks like he is sitting in the grass. Stamping the grass on the purple cardstock was an afterthought so it doesn’t quite line up… but gets the job done. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and have an inky day!

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Tulip Card/Stamps: Honey Bunny (3 Step)Baskets (Multi-Step), and Bitty Tulip Bouquet (3 Step) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Classic Crest-Classic Cream from Neenah. So Saffron & Wisteria Wonder from SU! Designer Paper scrap?

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

Tulips: [stems] Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 Pear Tart, Step #1 – New Sprout. [blossoms] Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #3 – Love Letter, Step #2 – Rose Bud, Step #1 – Angel Pink.

Basket: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 Desert Sand, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle.

Bunny: Step #4 – Tuxedo Black, Step #3 – Gray Flannel, Step #2 – London Fog, Step #1 London Fog so 1x.

Sentiments: Paris Dusk.

Embellishments: Big Scalloped Squares from Spellbinders and pop-up dots.

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Sunny Gerber Daisy Card/Stamps: Honey Bunny (3 Step)Pretty Tear Drops, and Swirly Hearts & Stars from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Perfect Plum & Soft Sky from SU! Designer Paper scrap?

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

Bunny: Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #3 – Toffee Crunch, Step #2 – Desert Sand, Step #1 Espresso Truffle.

Gerber Daisy: Step #3 – Tangelo, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Dandelion, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle. Stem & Leaves: (Pretty Tear Drops stamps) – Bamboo Leaves.

Grass: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – New Sprout.

Swirly Hearts Background: Orchid Ice (Opalite)

Sentiments: Paris Dusk.

Embellishments: Deckled Rectangles from Spellbinders, small purple rhinestones,  and pop-up dots.

Trucking down the Bunny Trail

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For a Hare Load of Fun!

With Easter around the corner, I had a few more Easter cards I wanted to share with you before popping them in the mail!

After stamping the backgrounds of both cards. For Truck/Bunny: hill, tree, grass, flowers, sky, and sentiment. And for BunnyEars/Teddy Bear: sentiments and green brush stroke. I added the stamped, assembled SVG Cut files on top to finish.

Using individual stamped SVG Cut piece made it easier for me to position the bunny in the truck with eggs. I assembled the different pieces, by adding adhesive to the back of the truck bed. Same for Teddy and his Bunny Ears and basket of eggs.

Thanks for Stopping by!

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Truck Card – Stamps: Honey Bunny (3 Step), Classic Old Truck (Multi-Step)Trees (Multi-Step), Rolling Hills (Multi-Step), and Tree Friends (Multi-Step) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Classic Crest – Environment Desert Storm (Kraft) from Neenah. Wisteria Wonder from SU! Misc. paper scraps for the eggs.

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

Truck: [BASE] Step #3a – Tuxedo Black, Step #2ba – Gray Flannel, Step #1a – Tuxedo Black so 1x. [BODY] Step #3b – Northern Pine, Step #2b – Olive Grove, Step #1b – Pistachio 2x’s, Step #1b – Pistachio, Step #5b – Espresso Truffle.

Bunny: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Lady Bud 2x’s, Step #4 Lady Bug. 

Rolling Hill: Step #3 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #2 – New Sprout 2x’s, Step #1 – New Sprout, Step #4 – Cottage Ivy.

Grass: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Flowers: Love Letter

Tree: Step #4 – Cottage Ivy,  Step #3 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 – Peart Tart, Step #2 – New Sprout.

Swirly Hearts: Summer Sky.  Soft clouds: sponged with Summer Sky.   

Sentiment: Paris Dusk.

Embellishments: pop-up dots, small egg paper punch, tiny yellow and orange rhinestones (center of flowers), and Clear Star Gelly Roll pen (highlight touches on flowers and eggs).

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Bunny-Teddy-BearBunny Teddy Bear – Stamps: Honey Bunny (3 Step), Teddy Bear Wishes (Multi-Step), Baskets (Multi-Step), Make a Big Statement, and Brush Strokes (Multi-Step) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest-Classic Cream from Neenah, So Saffron & Wisteria Wonder from SU! Misc. paper scraps for the eggs.

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

Teddy & Basket: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 Desert Sand, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle.

Bunny Ears (cut off of large stamped bunny) Step #4 – Tuxedo Black, Step #3 – Gray Flannel, Step #2 – London Fog, Step #1 London Fog so 1x.

Grass Brush Stroke: Step #4 – Cottage Ivy, Step #3 – Bamboo Stalk, Step #2 – Pear Tart, Step #1 – New Sprout.

Sentiments: Paris Dusk, Bamboo Leaves & New Sprout (DS).

Embellishments: pop-up dots, small egg paper punch, tiny yellow and orange rhinestones (center of flowers), and Clear Star Gelly Roll pen (highlight touches on flowers and eggs).

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