Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hand Stamped Sentiments Colors for September

This Hand Stamped Sentiments color challenge is perfect for gourds!  Just ink up with So Saffron then stipple on some Always Artichoke and you have got great green realistic gourds.  Add a splash of Night of Navy to liven up the palette and there you have a unique approach to an autumn look.
On Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock I layered a panel of embossed Whisper White to create my card base.  I pre-inked the Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder with a hint of Always Artichoke ink to get the subtle definition.  My next layer is a Lots of Labels watercolored piece.

For the gourds I fully inked up using So Saffron then I used a stipple brush which I inked up with Always Artichoke ink.  Several years back Stampin' Up! carried the stipple brushes which I could not let go of.  If you don't have any stipple brushes use a sponge or dauber.  I had to stamp several gourds  to have the look I wanted.  Some had way too much green and others didn't have enough to look real or interesting.
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Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker
Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Marker
Night Of Navy Stampin' Write Marker
Night Of Navy Stampin' Write Marker

Friday, September 15, 2017

#TGIF125 Transportation

Every witch needs to get herself 'round when her broom is nowhere to be found!  For this transportation themed challenge at #TGIF125 I turned to Bike Ride, one of my happy stamp sets and matching framelits.
The moment I saw this challenge I had an idea in mind so I went right to work stampin'.  Any chance that I get to mix in a little Halloween I take it.  I imagined a quirky mash up of Bike Ride and a couple cool pieces from Spooky Cat.  I mean come on what witch wouldn't love to carry her potions and poisoned apples on her two wheeler.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Monday Montage #100

It's hard to believe that Monday Montage is 100 hops old!
Today marks our 100th hop as a group of ten Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, Amy O'Neill, Breelin Renwick, Cathy Casey, Dani Dziama, Dara Golden, Julie Warnick, Kaitlyn Zumbach, Melissa Stout, Wendy Weixler, and myself who were Artisan Finalists back in 2013.  We have been hopping almost every other week since the summer of '13 and today for our 100th we have a new look.
For today's hop I decided to share one of my most favorite bundles in the Annual Catalog.  I don't know which I like better, Bike Ride or Beautiful Bouquet--they are both super supreme in my eyes :0)  Another favorite of mine are the Very Vanilla and the Whisper White Thick Card Stocks.  I based this card with Thick Very Vanilla which I did a little bit of random stampin' with Smokey Slate Classic Ink and one of the floral images from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.
to Dara Gloden
to Julie Warnick

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Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ready for Fall?

Hand Stamped Sentiment's inspiration board is full of fall images to spark your creative genius.  Maybe some will gravitate to the fall leaves or the sunflowers, but not me.  Instead when I think of fall I imagine all the amazing dahlias that bloom in an array of colors that are opulent, lavish, and sumptuous.  I mostly love the shabby dahlias that are so big they seem to burst with beauty.
 I inked up the Dahlia background image with Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze pads.  Before I stamped the flower I splattered Cajun Craze ink all over.  I love the real dahlias that have a natural speckle in them so I had to give that a whirl on my dahlia. 
Take a close look at the greeting and you will see it's partially embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.  To get that partial look I first inked up the greeting with Fresh Fig and then used a sponge dauber to add Versamark ink to just the top portion of the stamp.  It's a simple technique that adds a cool look.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Creation Station ABC's of Stampin'

Our theme this month is the ABCs of stampin'.  It's a topic that could be interpreted in a myriad of possibilities.  One may be back to school or basic stamp techniques, but for me I say it means
"Always be crafting'!" 
My opening line for this post was written more than a week and a half back.  In the light of this week's events in Texas and Louisiana my thoughts have shifted and for now it's 
"About Being Charitable."

My heart goes out to all those in need and those who are serving in Texas.  While watching all the news this week I thought I would make a little something special.  I first watercolored the shape of Texas on Watercolor Paper and then added a God Bless America focal layer.  This amazing stamp will never leave my collection.  It was created by Stampin' Up! back on September 20, 2001 as a "special edition decorative rubber stamp to benefit disaster relief efforts in New York City and Washington DC."  You can read more about the stamp here.
For a group of young women that I serve and with whom I spend lots of time, I made gifts filled with back to school supplies.  The Dollar Tree had these super cute yellow polka dot pencil bags that fit my gift bag perfectly.  Inside I packed them with pencils, pens, highlighters, erasers, sharpeners, composition books, and most important--Smarties.

So, for this bag it's is one of those bag-box styles.  You create a box bottom and then wrap DSP around it.  I sometimes just start cutting, scoring, folding, and adhering things until I have something worthwhile.  It's exactly how I cook.  Recipes for me are usually something I don't use unless I am baking.  When I serve a meal I say "enjoy it cause it will never be the same."  I craft like I cook--I do it with love and it always turns out yummy.  Thus for this bag there is no pattern.  I can say it's is two pieces of 12" x 6" DSP wrapped around an 8" x 1" box bottom.  The DSP is pleated in both the front and back.  In fact, it's within the pleats that I have hidden where the ends of the DSP are glued together.  
Another ABC for me is to "Always Be Curling" my bakers twine.  I do it because the twine that is wrapped on the cardboard has kinks in it.  So, I run the twine between my fingernails.  When I do it with al lot of pressure it causes the twine to curl.
An inside view of the gift bag gives you a look at the reinforced ribbon holes.  I used the 1" Circle Punch to make the reinforcers.  Isn't the new wired ribbon from the Holiday Catalog totally awesome?
Here is a look at the bottom of the gift bag.  I used Sahara Sand card stock and Tear and Tape to make the bottom and then slid it inside to the bottom edge of the DSP. 
Before you leave I will share some of my runner up ABCs of stampin' include:
- Avoid being cautious when stampin'
- Attempt bold concepts
- Accept bad creations (and be willing to throw them away, it's just paper)

Now that you have seen my spin on this month's Creation Station theme you are going to head over to Linda's Blog.  I am positive she will blow your mind--she is one talented stamper!
to Julie
to Linda