I find these days, the one type of gardening I have any success with is … a stamped one! LOL! I would love to hear from those in other states and countries when your garden is under siege from the heat, what plants stand victorious?
I found after stamping the swirls background, the blue hydrangeas fought a bit with the swirls and felt the sentiment wouldn’t pop enough. Adding an overlay of light pink vellum (translucent) sheet over the swirls was the answer!
The Sunflower card below was less involved. I started by stamping the three sunflowers close together on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of cardstock. Added leaves around the blossoms and then trimmed down the stamped cardstock to fit the layered card base. Sponged the edges and adding the ladybugs last. It is hard to see in the photo, but I added a few drops of Clear Nuvo Crystal Drops on some of the leaves to look like dew drops.
Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you this week.
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
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❣)
Thanks for stopping by and please check out the beautiful Mother’s Day card that
Does my Mother’s Day card look a little familiar? The original can be found HERE.
I hate to have to admit this … but there are times when I stamp a card and for some reason or another, I don’t end up using it with the original stamped sentiment. Thank goodness for die cut shapes! It’s a great way to change a sentiment! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT day!
Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you too!
My card for today was inspired by Lynn’s 10 min. challenge – #76(10MC76) – quick masking with nestabilities. I think adding a shape, in this case a square, behind the flowers, makes the flowers look like they are “popping” out of a bow or “window” instead of floating. Thanks Lynn for sharing this great challenge (and tip).
No, this is not a belated April’s Fool joke … YES, I am Back!
It is sooo good to be back and to say
… Happy Kitchen Sink Monday!
I sure have missed stamping with everyone & the KSS Crew over this past (too long to mention) months! I hope this post finds everyone well and looking forward to Spring… I know I am!
When I last posted … I’m not sure if I mentioned that my family & I had moved to a new home. Well, we did! It has taken much longer than I ever had expected to deal with all the boxes [I am STILL unpacking – URGH!], but we are loving our new home. So, I can’t help but have “clearing out things” on my mind….
First order of business in the Kitchen … we’re having a Big Spring Cleaning Sale!!!!