Friday, March 31, 2017

Lift Me Up Birthday Trio

I had some bits and pieces of the Carried Away Designer Series Paper and matching cardstock on my craft table that were leftovers from other projects.   They were the starting point for these three birthday cards.

Those tiny bits became the paper piecing for the balloon, the hearts and the clouds.

The view-from-the-air pattern was my favorite from this pack.    So cute for a suspension card!
(TIP:  Metallic thread works well for the suspended element.  One strand is thin and it spins quickly when wound up and released.    Wind up the balloon before putting it in the envelope and it will spin when the recipient pulls it out.)

The DSP squares on this tall card were leftover from a sampler project I made.    The sentiment piece is die cut with one of the sections of the Up and Away Thinlits for something a little different.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Oh, So Succulent Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  This session we are featuring the super trendy set Oh, So Succulent.   I am so glad you are here and I hope you enjoy all the creative ideas the Crew has to offer!

I went for a clean and simple design this time using vanilla, black and grey.  Just a touch of the dotted Urban Underground Designer Series Paper mounted on black cardstock and flowers cut with matching framelits make this an easy one to do!
This is a larger card - 4" X 9-1/4" and fits in a business size envelope.  I like the extra space a bigger card gives for layouts.  And there is more room for writing a message inside!

I cut the back 4" X 9-1/4" and the front 4" X 11".  The front is scored at 9-1/4" and adhered to the back section.  Then I glued a panel on the inside to cover the overlap.  

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Stamps:  Oh, So Succulent
Paper: Very Vanilla and Basic Black cardstock,  Urban Underground Designer Series Paper
Ink: Basic Gray and Basic Black Archival 
Big Shot:  Succulents Framelit Dies

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Rose Wonder Edition

Welcome to the Crew's review of the lovely Rose Wonder stamp set.  Rose Wonder is a beautiful line art stamp set that can be used for so many cool techniques.   I decided to try a completely new thing for me.  Painting on fabric!
For the black fabric I stamped with Whisper White Craft Ink and on the white fabirc I used Basic Gray Archival.  Since I painted over the lines they are not seen in the finished project and it is not a big deal if those wash out.  

I used a metallic fabric paint by Lumiere which is soft and washable once it is heat set.  The flower is just two colors- a purple and a white.  I painted each petal separately starting with the full strength color then mixing in some white and finished with white.  In the center I have some smaller petals that are all purple or all white so they don't run together.  
The leaves were done in a similar fashion with green and white paint.  This was really fun and actually simple to do.  I am not confident with shading so I looked on Pinterest at several samples of how people had shaded this stamp with watercolors to give me an idea of where to place the dark color.  Once I had done a few petals I got the hang of it.  Both came out very pretty- I kind of like the one on the black fabric a bit more as the contrast of metallic and black is more pronounced.
I have been missing sewing (especially in the winter I get the bug to sew!) and made these into oversized potholders.   My potholder/hot pad collection is pretty lacking at the moment so these will be put to immediate use.  

Stamps:  Rose Wonder
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink, Basic Gray Archival Ink.  Lumiere -Halo Violet Gold, Pearl White and Metallic Olive Green
Accessories:  Paint bushes, fabric, heat resistant batting, thread