Nature Inspired Vintage Leaves

Natured Inspired Vintage Leaves!

Nature plays a BIG part when I try to think of a card design!  When I take a run in the morning on our local Rail Trail, the beauty of all the green leaves inspired me to pull out this versatile set, called Vintage Leaves.  The best part is about this set is that it is paired with a set of framelits called Leaflets!

Green LeavesChristine’s Tips!

  • In case you are wondering about the Happy Birthday!  I grabbed it from a NEW stamp set called Feather Together!  I first stamped the Happy Birthday onto the white cardstock in Archival Black ink.  Kind of nearer to the left side of the piece of cardstock.  I wanted to leave room for the popped up leaf on the right.
  • Using two pieces of post it notes, I covered the Happy Birthday and stamped the leaves across the top.
  • Then I did the same thing for the bottom.
  • I then used Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set to add the little black dots.
  • I stamped a second leaf in Pear Pizzazz, die cut it and popped it up.
  • All the leaves were done in Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.
  • Be sure to stamp your envelopes.  It truly adds a special touch

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Thoughtful Banners

Thoughtful Banners

Hi Papercrafters!  It has been a nice break to not blog!  Now that summer is here, I can channel my efforts into posting more often.

Creating is more in line with what I love to do.  While I don’t really mind the administrative end of this business, my Etsy Shop takes up alot of my time and so do my honeybees, garden…you get the idea.

Stampin’ Up! came out with a NEW stamp set called Thoughtful Banners.

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I used the NEW 2016-2017 In Colors to create this fabulous little sentiment on the front of the card.  While I did not use the coordinating punches below, this set is bundled for 10% discount as shown below.  The stamp set also coordinates with the Classic Label further down the page.

To add and interesting border, I grabbed the doodle stamp from Tin Of Cards and used that around the edges in the Archival Black.

I am loving the NEW In Colors, they are so fresh and fun.  I know you will like them as well.

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Watercoloring Inspiration!

Watercoloring Inspiration!

This Pinterest inspired card brings on thoughts of Spring and the warmer weather!  While the early flowers are starting to POP and the birds are chirping, getting outside is on my mind.  The blue color palette is totally a Spring Thing!

I love the watercolored look, however, I always look at watercoloring with mixed emotions.  You never really will have the same look twice, even when you really try.

I pulled out my Watercolor Paper, Aqua Painters and Lost Lagoon, Pool Party and Island Indigo and just started playing.  Here’s the thing!  That’s all you just have to do.

Watercolor BlueChristine’s Tips:

The BIGGEST tip I can give you!   Make sure your paper has water on it.  On this card, I did not go to the edges of the paper with the water.  Even with the Aqua Painter, have a little cup of water handy.  With the tray of your Ink Pad, mix water and a drop or two of your color.  Here I started with Lost Lagoon and only added one drop to the tray.  Beginning at the top, I only touched the Aqua Painter to the paper, letting the ink just roll through the paper.  I then added a little more water to lighten the color.  Tip:  Keep a light hand on the darker inks.  Remember, you can always add water to lighten it.

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Helping Me Grow |Whitewash Technique | Stampin’ Up!

Helping Me Grow |Whitewash Technique | Stampin’ Up!

WOW!  Spring is coming!  Spring IS coming!  This week we are looking at temps to be in the upper 60’s here in Connecticut!

So naturally, my thoughts turn to the spring flowers that will be popping out of hibernation soon!  One of the first here, right after crocuses will be the hyacinth.

HyacinthsThe Whitewash Technique is easy and makes for a stunning card presentation, especially when paired with the color palette of Crumb Cake and Basic Black.

How I Did It!!

    1. Ink up your image with Whisper White Craft Ink or Versamark.  Stamp image and then sprinkle Stampin’ Up’s! White Embossing Powder over the image and heat set.
    2. With your blender pen, pick up a little White Craft Ink and color inside the flower gently, making sure not to add too much color.
    3. Stamp your sentiment and corners in black.
    4. I stamped a small butterfly from Papillon Potpourri in black onto the Crumb Cake, and then again on a separate sheet of Crumb Cake cardstock.
    5. I hand colored the butterfly with the blender pen and then punched it out. I adhered it over the top of the one on the cardstock to create a shadow beneath it.
    6. Two pearls complete the card.  Put all layers together.

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Flowering Fields – Stampin’ Up!

Flowering Fields – Stampin’ Up!

I’ll bet you’re thinking to yourself, “Not another flower stamp set?!”  In my humble opinion, you simply cannot own enough flower stamp sets. Each delicate image is perfect for using your markers, blender pens or Aqua Painters.

Looky here!  I stamped the Hardwood background stamp horizontally in Smoky Slate.  I really didn’t want to overwhelm the background with a darker ink.

I grabbed one of the stamps from the Watercolor Wishes Kit!  My goodness!  That kit is wonderful!  It has so many choices of sentiments.  Oops! I digressed.  Sorry!  I couldn’t resist the opportunity to tell you that!

Flowering FieldsAfter stamping the leaf images in Old Olive, I went ahead and inked up the flower images with my Elegant Eggplant marker.  I stamped the butterfly and the sentiment in Elegant Eggplant as well and mounted the whole thing onto Crumb Cake cardstock.

Of course, I added a few rhinestones for bling.

Below are a few note cards made with the Flowering Fields Stamp Set and the Flowering Fields Designer Series Paper.

Christine’s Tips:

  • Cut the Designer Series to the front of your note cards.  These happen to be 3 1/2″ x 5″!  I love the fact that they come all pre packaged for quick notes.   Open up your card and trim any excess that hangs off.
  • You will notice that there is ribbon or twine.  Be sure to add it that element before you adhere the Designer Series Paper to the base.
  • Adding some coordinating paper as an envelope liner will instantly make a gorgeous presentation.  Remember, you will need the Big Shot to use the envelope framelits.
  • Using a blender pen is the quickest way to add color to the inside of each flower.
  • The stamp set used for the sentiments is Crazy About You!

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