Monday, August 25, 2014

Card #3 - Cutting Edge Blog Hop

cuttingedgeToday is the last day to participate in the Cutting Edge Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.  I've enjoyed all the projects that have been submitted and found lots of blogs I now want to visit.  The anticipation has been building and tomorrow some winners will be announced.  Several great companies are offering prizes and I'm anxious to see the fun.    Here is my 3rd and final card for the hop.


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I decided to use the circles from the PPP Stitched Duo 2 die as the main accent of my card.  I cut them from a dark blackberry paper and lined them down the side.  I love the dramatic look.  I stamped a sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it with a light orchid powder by WOW.  The raised text is much prettier than it shows in the photo.


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See how the stitching is emphasized in the close up.  Love it!  The white panel is slightly narrow so the pattern paper card base shows through.  I adhered a smaller white panel inside to write a greeting.


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You have until midnight PST to visit Pretty Pink Posh and get all the details of the hop and add your project.  Glad you stopped by!

Card #3 - Cutting Edge Blog Hop

cuttingedgeToday is the last day to participate in the Cutting Edge Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.  I've enjoyed all the projects that have been submitted and found lots of blogs I now want to visit.  The anticipation has been building and tomorrow some winners will be announced.  Several great companies are offering prizes and I'm anxious to see the fun.    Here is my 3rd and final card for the hop.


PPP-Stitched-Circles-1


I decided to use the circles from the PPP Stitched Duo 2 die as the main accent of my card.  I cut them from a dark blackberry paper and lined them down the side.  I love the dramatic look.  I stamped a sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it with a light orchid powder by WOW.  The raised text is much prettier than it shows in the photo.


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See how the stitching is emphasized in the close up.  Love it!  The white panel is slightly narrow so the pattern paper card base shows through.  I adhered a smaller white panel inside to write a greeting.


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You have until midnight PST to visit Pretty Pink Posh and get all the details of the hop and add your project.  Glad you stopped by!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Card #2 for Cutting Edge Blog Hop

cuttingedgeYou only have until Monday at 11:55 P.M. PST to enter the Cutting Edge Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.  This is my second card that I'm submitting and I think it's very sophisticated and elegant.


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I started with a base layer of natural white cardstock from Stampin' Up!.  It's a heavy cardstock that has flecks of wood fibers embedded in the paper.  It's a good choice for the project I made.  Most of the other papers are from Bo Bunny, the Gabrielle Collection.  It's full of artsy papers with lots of brown and aqua and has several butterfly images.  I used the Stitched Duo 2 die from Pretty Pink Posh as the main panel and then built the layers from there.


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The sentiment is stamped on a vellum piece, 2" x 3" and is from the Heart-2-Heart #7 mini set from Papertrey Ink.  The stamp was actually one long sentence but if I used it like that it wouldn't have fit on my small vellum piece.  I cut between the "miss" and the "you" to make it more usable for my needs.  I must be evolving as a stamper because I would never have been brave enough to do that in the past.


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I wound some bakers twine around the vellum and added a wood button and bow.  The finishing touches are the metallic bronze and tangerine sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  Oh my, the selection Paulina carries is off the charts!


I'm very excited to be participating in this hop.  There are lots of great companies who are providing some prizes.  Dare I hope to win something!

Card #2 for Cutting Edge Blog Hop

cuttingedgeYou only have until Monday at 11:55 P.M. PST to enter the Cutting Edge Blog Hop hosted by Pretty Pink Posh.  This is my second card that I'm submitting and I think it's very sophisticated and elegant.


PPP-Stitched-Duo-2-1


I started with a base layer of natural white cardstock from Stampin' Up!.  It's a heavy cardstock that has flecks of wood fibers embedded in the paper.  It's a good choice for the project I made.  Most of the other papers are from Bo Bunny, the Gabrielle Collection.  It's full of artsy papers with lots of brown and aqua and has several butterfly images.  I used the Stitched Duo 2 die from Pretty Pink Posh as the main panel and then built the layers from there.


PPP-Stitched-Duo-2-2


The sentiment is stamped on a vellum piece, 2" x 3" and is from the Heart-2-Heart #7 mini set from Papertrey Ink.  The stamp was actually one long sentence but if I used it like that it wouldn't have fit on my small vellum piece.  I cut between the "miss" and the "you" to make it more usable for my needs.  I must be evolving as a stamper because I would never have been brave enough to do that in the past.


PPP-Stitched-Duo-2-3


I wound some bakers twine around the vellum and added a wood button and bow.  The finishing touches are the metallic bronze and tangerine sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  Oh my, the selection Paulina carries is off the charts!


I'm very excited to be participating in this hop.  There are lots of great companies who are providing some prizes.  Dare I hope to win something!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cutting Edge Blog Hop

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I've been anxiously awaiting this hop so that I could showcase a card made with Pretty Pink Posh dies.  Pretty Pink Posh is hosting the hop and it's easy to join in the fun.  All you have to do is make a card using dies!  Any dies.  There are lots of company sponsors and that means lots of prizes.  I finally got my hands on the stitched film strip die by Pretty Pink Posh (Paulina can't keep them in stock because they are so popular) and went right to work on creating a project.


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This die is the focal point, front and center.  Don't you just love the stitching!  So cute.  I used Lawn Fawn's Life is Good images.  I colored and cut them using the coordinating dies.  Makes it so easy to be creative.


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I actually cut and colored each image 3 times and stacked them together.  In fact, don't look too close or you might see them not aligned perfectly.  I popped in a couple of Pretty Pink Posh metallic silver stars and with the cute plaid paper it all came together.


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   I'm heading over to Pretty Pink Posh to see all the projects the creative team has come up with.  Why don't you come along?


Cutting Edge Blog Hop

cuttingedge


I've been anxiously awaiting this hop so that I could showcase a card made with Pretty Pink Posh dies.  Pretty Pink Posh is hosting the hop and it's easy to join in the fun.  All you have to do is make a card using dies!  Any dies.  There are lots of company sponsors and that means lots of prizes.  I finally got my hands on the stitched film strip die by Pretty Pink Posh (Paulina can't keep them in stock because they are so popular) and went right to work on creating a project.


PPP-Film-Strip-1


This die is the focal point, front and center.  Don't you just love the stitching!  So cute.  I used Lawn Fawn's Life is Good images.  I colored and cut them using the coordinating dies.  Makes it so easy to be creative.


PPP-Film-Strip-3


I actually cut and colored each image 3 times and stacked them together.  In fact, don't look too close or you might see them not aligned perfectly.  I popped in a couple of Pretty Pink Posh metallic silver stars and with the cute plaid paper it all came together.


PPP-Film-Strip-2


   I'm heading over to Pretty Pink Posh to see all the projects the creative team has come up with.  Why don't you come along?


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Class Day 6 - Waterpainting

It's so much fun to learn new techniques and then create a project that surprises you.  That's what happened when I learned how to water paint and emboss.  I stamped a beautiful flower outline image in Versamark and embossed it with snow white powder.  It creates a smooth, raised effect that is perfect for water coloring or painting.


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I used three colors of distress inks and washed the entire paper with water to create a gradient effect.  So pretty!


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All I added was a die cut word in black.  Pretty simple but very dramatic.  This would be a good project for making lots of cards at the same time.


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I'm really just starting to explore this artsy technique and I must say, I think I will try it again.


Class Day 6 - Waterpainting

It's so much fun to learn new techniques and then create a project that surprises you.  That's what happened when I learned how to water paint and emboss.  I stamped a beautiful flower outline image in Versamark and embossed it with snow white powder.  It creates a smooth, raised effect that is perfect for water coloring or painting.


Embossed-Thanks-1


I used three colors of distress inks and washed the entire paper with water to create a gradient effect.  So pretty!


Embossed-Thanks-4


All I added was a die cut word in black.  Pretty simple but very dramatic.  This would be a good project for making lots of cards at the same time.


Embossed-Thanks


I'm really just starting to explore this artsy technique and I must say, I think I will try it again.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Rice Baby Rice - SPD07 Challenge

Hi.  I'm back today with a card that I made for Sugar Pea Designs challenge.  The theme is, You're So Puny.  I am so far behind in keeping up with all the challenges and cards I want to make so I'm just getting this in under the wire.  All of the Sugar Pea Design stamps have at least one sentiment that fits this category of being puny.  The one I chose is a stamp set called Rice Baby Rice.  The image is a cute sushi chef who is serving up SOY much fun.  Ok, I took that phrase right off the description of the stamp!  Very puny indeed.  So, here's my card.


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I told you he was adorable!!!  I took a rustic approach to this card, which if you know me is quite a departure from my personality.  However, I'm pretty proud of how it looks.  Of course the stamped image is the star.  I colored him on some ivory paper and inked the edges.  I used a stripe paper behind and mounted everything on a kraft card base.  I added some twine around the top and made a couple of fishtail banners.  The sentiment certainly fits the puny theme.


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"Have a Rice Day"


I stamped it in black and used a couple of wood quotes to emphasize the words.  So cute.


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A new challenge comes out every month.  Can't wait to see what the next theme is.  Maybe I will get a card made before the month goes by.


So, here's hoping you are having a "rice" day.  Hope you enjoyed my card.  I love comments, by the way.  Hint, hint.

Rice Baby Rice - SPD07 Challenge

Hi.  I'm back today with a card that I made for Sugar Pea Designs challenge.  The theme is, You're So Puny.  I am so far behind in keeping up with all the challenges and cards I want to make so I'm just getting this in under the wire.  All of the Sugar Pea Design stamps have at least one sentiment that fits this category of being puny.  The one I chose is a stamp set called Rice Baby Rice.  The image is a cute sushi chef who is serving up SOY much fun.  Ok, I took that phrase right off the description of the stamp!  Very puny indeed.  So, here's my card.


Rice-Baby-1


I told you he was adorable!!!  I took a rustic approach to this card, which if you know me is quite a departure from my personality.  However, I'm pretty proud of how it looks.  Of course the stamped image is the star.  I colored him on some ivory paper and inked the edges.  I used a stripe paper behind and mounted everything on a kraft card base.  I added some twine around the top and made a couple of fishtail banners.  The sentiment certainly fits the puny theme.


Rice-Baby-3


"Have a Rice Day"


I stamped it in black and used a couple of wood quotes to emphasize the words.  So cute.


Rice-Baby-2


A new challenge comes out every month.  Can't wait to see what the next theme is.  Maybe I will get a card made before the month goes by.


So, here's hoping you are having a "rice" day.  Hope you enjoyed my card.  I love comments, by the way.  Hint, hint.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Home Sweet Home

There are lots of quotes about home.  Home is where the heart is.  Home is wherever I'm with you.  I'm on my way home.  I can't get home soon enough.  You get the idea.  However we think of home, we usually connect it to family.  Most of my family is scattered all over the country.  But we stay connected.  My grandson recently moved into a new apartment.  Yes, they are homes too.  I haven't seen him in a couple of years and miss his sweet smile and his good hugs.  I say I love him.  He says I love you more. Here's the card I made to send him.


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Now, my grandson is 21 so he is not into cutesy but he knows me and how crafty I am so I'm sure he won't mind.  I found this older pattern paper and thought it was perfect for the background.  I used a Taylored Expression stamp and paper pieced the roof.  The fence is a Taylored Expression die and looks nice with the brown house.  Hey, I'm TRYING to be a little masculine here.  I colored the rest of the house and stamped the sentiment at the bottom.  The sun is cut with a Lawn Fawn die.  I used Wild Honey distress ink on some of the layers.


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He lives in Las Vegas and I'm sure he will appreciate that big sun!


So Zachary, my guy, grandma misses you and loves you and thinks of you.



 


Home Sweet Home

There are lots of quotes about home.  Home is where the heart is.  Home is wherever I'm with you.  I'm on my way home.  I can't get home soon enough.  You get the idea.  However we think of home, we usually connect it to family.  Most of my family is scattered all over the country.  But we stay connected.  My grandson recently moved into a new apartment.  Yes, they are homes too.  I haven't seen him in a couple of years and miss his sweet smile and his good hugs.  I say I love him.  He says I love you more. Here's the card I made to send him.


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Now, my grandson is 21 so he is not into cutesy but he knows me and how crafty I am so I'm sure he won't mind.  I found this older pattern paper and thought it was perfect for the background.  I used a Taylored Expression stamp and paper pieced the roof.  The fence is a Taylored Expression die and looks nice with the brown house.  Hey, I'm TRYING to be a little masculine here.  I colored the rest of the house and stamped the sentiment at the bottom.  The sun is cut with a Lawn Fawn die.  I used Wild Honey distress ink on some of the layers.


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He lives in Las Vegas and I'm sure he will appreciate that big sun!


So Zachary, my guy, grandma misses you and loves you and thinks of you.



 


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Class Day 2

I've got another card to show you using a new technique.  I'm participating in a class that gets you to think of your stamps in a different way.  This card is similar to the one yesterday.  I used a different stamp to create a background, heat embossed it and then used Distress inks to watercolor the paper.


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I cut a piece vertically and mounted it on a white card base.  I then cut a tiny piece of the new paper and added it.  I used a new die cut and sentiment from a Papertrey Ink kit called Shakers & Sprinkles.  I'm anxious to dive into the kit elements and make some shaker cards using lots and lots and lots of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.


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I used a Wink of Stella clear pen to cover the "Sprinkles" word.


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I simply cannot have a card without bling, glitter, sparkle, shine.  You get the idea.

Class Day 2

I've got another card to show you using a new technique.  I'm participating in a class that gets you to think of your stamps in a different way.  This card is similar to the one yesterday.  I used a different stamp to create a background, heat embossed it and then used Distress inks to watercolor the paper.


Background-stamp-2-1


I cut a piece vertically and mounted it on a white card base.  I then cut a tiny piece of the new paper and added it.  I used a new die cut and sentiment from a Papertrey Ink kit called Shakers & Sprinkles.  I'm anxious to dive into the kit elements and make some shaker cards using lots and lots and lots of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.


Background-stamp-2-2


I used a Wink of Stella clear pen to cover the "Sprinkles" word.


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I simply cannot have a card without bling, glitter, sparkle, shine.  You get the idea.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Stretch Your Stamps Class

Hi.  I'm taking an online class called Stretch Your Stamps 2.  Yesterday was the first day.  I had so much fun working with a friend and trying new techniques.  The whole idea is to think of your stamps in a different way.  We started with background stamps and believe me I have never thought to use them except stamp a background.  I only had some designs in small strips so we stamped them several times down the paper in Versamark ink.  We heat embossed it with clear powder and then used Distress Inks to watercolor the image.  We created our own paper using the background stamp.


Background-stamp-1 Isn't this awesome!  The Scripty Hello is from Lawn Fawn and I die cut it from the newly created paper.


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I stamped the sentiment in black and added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins.  By the way, you must pop over there and see all the AMAZING colors of sequins you can get.  I plan on using a lot since I got my order.


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Come back tomorrow when I will showcase another card I made using this same technique.