Wednesday, January 18, 2017

When the Creative Juices Just Aren't Flowing ~ CASE!

Really!  We all go through dry spells when we just cannot come up with a new idea...please tell me I'm not alone in this!  But that is OK and why some genius crafter came up with CASEing!


CASE stands for Copy and Share Everything, and it's what I love about this stamping community. Everyone is willing to share their ideas and let others copy them. When I'm too tired or busy to be creative, but want to make something beautiful, I am grateful that someone else's ideas are just a click on the keyboard away!


Often, by copying someone else's creation, it serves as a springboard for me to come up with new ideas.  And those ideas are shared and copied and the cycle continues...


I've got some cards to show you that I have CASEd recently.  (Hopefully I will get the original crafter's names correct!)




This card was fun for me as it was mostly stamping and minimal die cutting.  It uses the Cool Treats photopolymer stamps and lots of fun colors ~ Watermelon Wonder/Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay/Pool Party, Calypso Coral/Peekaboo Peach, Crumb Cake/Early Espresso. 




The birthday greeting from the same set is stamped inside an oval cropped with a Stitched Shapes Framelit.  These framelits were unavailable for some time, but they are back now and available for purchase!  Click here to see them at my online store.




This cute Valentine was an Amy K creation.  It uses the Sealed With Love Stamp Set and Framelit Bundle (Occasions Catalog), and the Jar of Love Bundle (Annual Catalog.) 

The jar is a window feature that houses several stamped and punched hearts!

I swapped out Amy's gold paper for Pink Pirouette and included some of the pink inside the jar as well.


Inside ~ Real Red and Pink Pirouette hearts from the set.





The last one is a hot air balloon for a birthday card.  It's made with the Lift Me Up Bundle from the Occasions Catalog. I loved the way Jaimie used white embossing powder for the clouds.  I used Island Indigo rather than Peekaboo Peach for the base card, and I found a bit of Pool Party glitter ribbon (retired).  Watermelon Wonder is the color behind the Whisper White balloon. It is popped up on Dimensionals to look like it's floating among the clouds.

So CASE away, share the love, and by all means send some happy mail to someone today! 

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button at the top of my post or on any of the products shown below to go directly to my online store. 

Have a wonderful day!

Karen

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Penned & Painted ~ A Beauty!


I'm in love ~  with So In Love Designer Series Paper!  Paired with this pretty bloom from Penned & Painted Stamp Set, you have a gorgeous card that can be used for many occasions.

I pulled the colors from this DSP ~ Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Sahara Sand for the flower, stem, and leaves.  Then I added a little Always Artichoke for the outline of the stem and leaves.


I stamped the center of the flower with Blushing Bride - three times to darken it a bit, then added Wink of Stella just to the Blushing Bride center.

The flowers in this set are stunning!  The photopolymer stamps are cut in a way that gives you a watercolor-washed look.  They are two-step stamps, so you can use a complimentary color for the outline.


Penned & Painted # 141938

I stamped the flower onto a scrap of Very Vanilla, then quickly cut it out close to the lines.  I popped it up using Dimensionals over the same image that was stamped on a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle of Very Vanilla.

My sentiment came from Basket of Wishes, and I used a Sweet Sugarplum enamel heart as an accent.

I stamped a different flower image onto the envelope using the same colors.  Pretty!


You can see my card stock cuts below, as well as all the products I used to create my card.  I hope you like it as much as I do!  

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button at the top of my post or on any of the products shown below to go directly to my online store. Please leave me an comment below if you have any questions. 
Have a great day.  See you back here on Wednesday!

Karen

Cardstock cuts used on this project:
Very Vanilla ~ 11 x 4 1/4, scored at 5 1/2:  2 1/2 X 3 1/2, 2 x 2 scrap for flower
Sweet Sugarplum ~ 4 3/4 x 3 1/2
So in Love DSP ~ 4 1/2 x 3 1/4


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Beautiful You

I have a quick and simple, yet elegant card for you today.  It features the new stamp set called Beautiful You ~ a 2-pack set of stamps in your choice of clear or wood mount rubber. This set includes 3 images that are quick sketches of a woman in fun poses.  There are some great sentiments included.  I chose this classy woman image to make a birthday card ~



I added the tiniest bit of color on her dress and hat with our new Watercolor Pencils and my Blender Pen. The pencil color is Calypso Coral. It is so easy!

The DSP panel is from A Little Foxy DSP Stack.  It measures 2" X 5 1/2".  I stamped the woman on watercolor paper with Basic Gray Archival Ink and cropped out the oval with Layering Ovals Framelits. 

I stamped the sentiment directly on the Smoky Slate base with Basic Gray Archival Ink.


On the inside I stamped another sentiment from the set with Basic Gray, then gave it a little flourish with Timeless Textures and Calypso Coral ink, stamped off once.

Beautiful You ~ #143637 (Clear Mount)
or #143004 (Wood Mount)

See those scribbles?  Those are designed to fit into the dresses.  They create a scribble of color that is very art deco.

I would love to hear what you think of my card ~  

Have a beautiful weekend!

Karen

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pals January Blog Hop ~ From the Heart!



Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for January 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects showcase themes that are “from the heart.” This includes any of the following themes… Valentine’s Day, Thinking of You, Get Well and/or Sympathy. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.




Love is in the air this Valentine's Day with our new Lift Me Up Bundle!  For the Blog Hop today I chose Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Pool Party, Perfect Plum, and Whisper White for this amazing hot air balloon thinlit.  It is super easy to make with the Big Shot and these thinlits dies ~




I started with a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" base card of Island Indigo, a slightly smaller layer of Whisper White, and a 5 1/4" x 4" layer of the sky scene from Serene Scenery DSP Stack.

I made the smaller balloon in the back with Pool Party, heat embossed with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. I glued it directly to the card, then I popped the large balloon up with Dimensionals to be the focal point of the card.



The banner "flying" from the balloon is a 1/2" wide strip of Perfect Plum, heat embossed with white Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I curled it in 2 directions with my Bone Folder and attached it with a couple of Glue Dots.

There is a tiny bit of Crumb Cake under the basket of the balloon and Linen Thread to embellish.

The tiny hearts that I glued to the balloon and scattered in the sky were punched from the Confetti Hearts Border Punch.  Click here to order.

On the inside I stamped Happy Valentine's Day from our new Sealed with Love Photopolymer Stamper Set and added a few more hearts.








This sentiment stamp is very delicate, so I heat embossed it with Clear Stampin" Emboss Powder right over the Perfect Plum ink. It brings out the color a little deeper and gives a nice shine without puffing up.




I stamped the smallest balloon image three times in the matching colors on the front of the envelope, along with some cute little clouds!  

A list of the products I used along with links to my online store will be at the bottom of this post. 

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Karen

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