Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blendabilities Butterflies

Have you tried the new Blendabilities yet?  It was quite out of character for me to get these markers as soon as they were released, but I'm so glad I did!  They are so much fun to color with.  The color goes on so smoothly, and it really is a piece of cake to get the colors to blend without that tell-tale line that our regular markers would leave.  Don't get me wrong, I still love those, but Blendabilities serve a different purpose, and I love having options when it comes to coloring!

One issue I did have, however, was that I don't have a lot of line art images.  It took some digging through my current stamp sets to find something that I could color.  I adore Papillion Potpourri, so I was more than happy to color in these lovely butterflies.  I like to start with the darker shade and blend to light, but you can choose to go from light to dark.  Check out the video below for more tips on coloring with Blendabilities.


Stamps:  Papillion Potpourri, Thoughts & Prayers
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory, and Whisper White Card Stock
Accessories:  Big Shot, Argyle Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Sponge

Monday, July 28, 2014

Flower Patch

I'm back!  And my little stamping break was just what I needed.  I've had a lot of stressful stuff going on, and it just sucked all the joy out of stamping.  Craziness, I know.  But over the last few days I've been able to sit down and stamp just for the fun of it.  The creativity block disappeared, and it's just fun again.  Exactly like it should be. :)

I am loving the new Flower Patch photopolymer stamp set and the coordinating Flower Fair Framelits.  There are so many options for putting together endless different's a really fun set to play with.  And I'm loving the photopolymer stamps.  I never thought I'd be a convert, but I really do like them.  It's so easy to line up the two step stamps when you can see through them!  And I really like the sentiments that come with this set.  Usually there will be a sentiment (or two) in a set that I really don't care for, but all three of the ones that come in this set are keepers.

I'm linking this card up to the Fab Friday challenge.  This week is a color challenge, using two of my favorite In Colors, Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana, which looks a little like pool party in my picture, but I promise it's not!


Stamps:  Flower Patch, Chalk Lines
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, and VersaMark
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Strawberry Slush, and Whisper White card stock, Gingham Garden DSP (retired)
Accessories:  Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Monday, July 7, 2014

Flower Patch

Today I have another simple card that uses brand new stamp sets.  And who doesn't love new stamps?  This one uses two new photopolymer sets.  Wood mount stamps will always be my first love, but I've come around and have really grown to like photopolymer.  It's so easy to line things up, because you can see right through the stamps.  It just makes stamping so easy.

I used the dots from the new Dotty Angles set.  I love this looks like confetti.  It adds a fun touch to this card.  The flower and sentiment come from the Flower Patch set.  There are tons of options in this set, and I'll be showing off some of the other flowers included in it in the next few weeks.  The best part is that there is also a coordinating set of Framelits.  I have to give Stampin' Up!'s a brilliant marketing plan.  I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who is quick to grab those bundles. :)


Stamps:  Dotty Angles, Flower Patch
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green, Always Artichoke, Island Indigo
Paper:  Island Indigo, Whisper White
Accessories:  Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelits, Rich Razzleberry Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Work of Art Shadow Box Card

I know it's been a while since I posted.  I've tried for a long time to post several times a week, and I've found that it's become more and more difficult to blog and give my family the time they need.  So while I have no intention of stopping, I will be blogging less, at least during the summer.

But the good news is that I do have a card to show you today!  This is one we made at stamp club a few weeks ago, and while it looks complicated, it's not.  I love the ease of shadow box cards, and the wow factor that they give.  If you'd like directions on how to make a shadow box card, click here.

This card uses the new set Work of Art.  I LOVE this set.  It's mostly comprised of brushstroke images, which are great for backgrounds.  For this card, I paired it with Gorgeous Grunge, and it's a match made in stamping heaven.  They are perfect together.  I topped the whole thing off with a couple of buttons I made from the Simply Pressed Clay and Molds.  If you haven't tried out clay yet, you really should.  It's so versatile and inexpensive...totally worth your money!


Stamps:  Work of Art, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo
Paper:  Bermuda Bay and Whisper White
Accessories:  Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, Simply Pressed Clay and Molds, Island Indigo Baker's Twine