Friday, December 8, 2017

Blending A Year Of Cheer Blog Hop

Welcome!! Our Inky Friends group has another fun blog hop to share and this time it all about the awesome Stampin' Blends alcohol markers!   And we have something very special this time... we have coordinated our blogs so that we have a perfect year of coloring inspiration!  There are 12 stops - one for each month- with seasonal themed projects.   You can start anywhere as we have permanently linked our blogs or you can click on the banner below to see the full year of blending cheer blog roll.

My projects are for December and I chose the lovely line art set Christmas in the Making.   I love all things retro so this set really jumped out at me.  I used my colored images for home decor items but these could just as easily be card fronts.

First is this adorable lady with a hostess apron.  It reminds me so much of my mom.  She was a beautiful seamstress and sewed so many things in this style.  I have a stack of her vintage patterns that are just darling.  Now my daughter and I are starting our own collection of apron patterns-- many of them are vintage reproductions.
Stampin' Blends coloring tip:  One technique I am finding I really like is to outline an image with a light colored marker.  Here I used the Light Crumb Cake marker.

This next image reminds me of clothing my mom sewed for me.  There was one pleated skirt pattern that she made for me several times.  I had a red one and a blue one.  And yes I even had little red boots!
The water shaker frame I used here is one that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I love the pile of glittery swirling snowflakes.

Stampin' Blends coloring tip: To make it look like falling snow I colored the sky with the Light Pool Party marker.  I layered it quite heavily and while it was still wet touched the tip of the Color Lifter marker down until the color started to push away.

This last image reminds me of my daughter especially because of her leggings and cute shoes. She loves kitties as much as I do and has a one-year old Bengal Cat who is always ready to get in on the action.
Stampin' Blends coloring tip: Start with the lightest shade first and then add darker touches in areas to create dimension.  Use the lines on the stamp as guides for areas to darken.  Also it is subtle but I outlined this image with Light Pink Pirouette.  To really see the detail of the coloring click on any of the photos to enlarge them. Light Gray and Light Pool Party also work nicely for outlining.

I am really a novice with alcohol markers and yet I find it so easy to get great results with Stampin' Blends!  I can't wait to try some of the ideas that the other Inky Friends have demonstrated!

So I am the last stop on this Blending a Year of Cheer hop... you can click on the next button to below to start the year again with Sarah's festive New Year projects or go the reverse direction to Cindy's cozy November projects.

To Sarah's blog

To Cindy's blog
Supplies used:
Stamps: Christmas in the Making
Paper:  Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink:  Momento Black Ink, Stampin' Blends
Accessories: Stitched Felt Embellishments, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Black Rhinestone Jewels, Black Vintage Crochet Trim,  Pool Pary 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon, Foam Adhesive Strips, 
Big Shot:  Layering Ovals Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Stamp Review Crew: Wood Words Edition

Welcome to the latest Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!  We feature one stamp on each hop so you can see many different ideas and styles.  One of the wonderful things our founder and amazing coordinator Tanya Boser has done is create a website that archives all our past hops.  A tremendous resource if you are looking for inspiration!  Click on the banner below to visit the site!

Our featured set for this session is the lovely, lovely Wood Words stamp set.  Of all the sets in the main catalog this has been the one that I have used over and over.  I have used it for Mother's Day, bridal shower, wedding, Halloween and now Christmas.  
This card has some pretty embossing on vellum - white for the floral image and gold for the moon and star.  I colored the back of the vellum using Stampin' Blends to get a touch of delicate color and added a few tiny sequins pulled from the Gold Mini Sequin Trim to tie in all the metallic elements.  
Heat emboss the front,  then flip over and color with Stampin' Blends on the back.

I have to say this is was the first stamp set I picked from the annual catalog when it was new and it is still my fav!

It is wonderful that you have chosen to visit today!  Please click on the buttons below to see more ideas beautiful stamp set!

This way to Kelly Kent's creations!

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Stamps:  Wood Words
Paper:   Year of Cheer Speciality Designer Series Paper, Thick Whisper White cardstock, Vellum cardstock, Silver Foil
Ink:  Versamark ink,  Stampin' Blends, Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker
Big Shot:  Layering Circles Framelits, Wood Crate Framelits
Accessories:   2017-2019 In-Color Bitty Bows