Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tranquil Tulips for Fab Friday

I've been dying to play with one of the Host stamp sets that I earned with my pre-order. It's called Tranquil Tulips* and it creates some beautiful images. Host sets can only be earned with Stampin' Rewards, so you would either need to host a party or workshop and earn rewards from all the orders placed, or you would need to join my Stamp Club, where one month out of the twelve, you would receive the Stampin' Rewards from all the orders placed for the Club Order. Either way, Host sets are priced lower than normal so that you can get the most out of your Stampin' Rewards dollars!

*New products from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, available on June 1.

I decided to play along with the colour challenge at Fab Friday this week:

This is a fairly intense colour combination, so a lot of white space is needed to make it work. I made my tulips three-dimensional, by stamping the darker step of the the 2 step stamping separately as well as with the lighter section. I fussy cut it and that way, I was able to get the pure white lines in and around it. Then I mounted it over the corresponding area using dimensionals. Here's a closer look:

  • I used Rich Razzleberry for the larger tulip and Calypso Coral for the two smaller ones. The Dapper Denim, I reserved for the card base and backing for the horizontal coral piece and the sentiment.
  • I used the Layering Oval Framelits to die cut the oval for the main image first before stamping it. The scalloped backing is also from the Layering Ovals Framelits, but since there is no Scallop Oval Framelit large enough for the largest regular oval framelit, I die cut two of the largest ones and mounted them on the back of the Whisper White Oval off-setting them at the top and the bottom.
  • The sentiment is a farewell salute to one of my all time favourite stamp sets, which I just might refuse to get rid of: Wetlands! I love the font on all the sentiments and would keep it just for them!

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Speaking of Stamp Club, I've added two new perks for Stamp Club Members. They will be getting their Annual Catalogues spiral bound with clear protective covers free of charge AND they will have Early Bird Access to my Rubber Rummage Sales in June and January so they have first pick of my newly retired items!  I have four spaces open at the moment and more may be opening up. You can join at any time there is space! The commitment is $20 a month for a 12 months and one of those months will be your month to receive Stampin' Rewards from all the orders the others place that month. It's a great way to earn free product from Stampin' Up! AND a great way to build your stamping supplies in a gradual and affordable way! Message me if you are interested.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List

*Tranquil Tulips Host Stamp Set

*New products from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, available on June 1.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Crafting Forever Conundrum for Freshly Made Sketches

I'm having a moment here at Playing with Papercrafting! I've been playing with the sketch from the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and I've come up with two versions of the same card and I can't choose which one I like the best. It's a conundrum! One moment I like the first version, and the next, I think the second version is better! What to do? I'll let you be the judge.

First, here's the sketch:

And here's my first version. Because the background was so vibrant, I went for a plain stamped image with a sepia tone and matched it to the sentiment:

  • I'm playing with tones of Peekaboo Peach and Soft Suede, with Whisper White. The designer paper you see is from the retiring Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack, which is still available and 40% off until May 31. I always had a hard time liking that DSP, mostly because of the overly vibrant, busy look of it and the dubious colour combinations, but when you use the single colour pieces and some of the smaller designs, it can be useful. I thought I'd try to use some of it up here and it was one of the few DSP series that featured Peekaboo Peach!
  • I'm using one of my favourite sets from the pre-order, called Crafting Forever*, and this image is my favourite image from the set, I think. Here, I stamped it in Soft Suede to match the background panel behind the designer paper and it gives a bit of a sepia feel to the project.
  • The sentiment is also my favourite from the Crafting Forever set* and I've die cut it with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and backed it with a Scallop Square from the Layering Squares Framelits.

*New products from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, available on June 1.

Now take a look at the second version. Here I used watercolour pencils and a blender pen to add some colour to the craft tools in the pot:

  • I love the colouring on it, but I'm not sure that it makes the same impact as the uncoloured image on the bright background. Here I stamped the image in Basic Black Archival Ink and coloured it in with the Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, Real Red, Early Espresso and Basic Gray Watercolour Pencils and blended them with a Blender Pen. Both times, I fussy cut the image with my trusty Paper Snips and mounted them with Stampin' Dimensionals
  • The sentiment was done the same way for both cards.
So there you are. You be the adjudicator! Which version do you like the best?

We're now into our last ten days of the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue and the 2017 Occasions Catalogue! Starting today, Stampin' Up! will stop manufacturing the retiring stamp sets and they will be available only while supplies last! Best get your orders to me quickly so that you don't miss out.

 Every year I find that someone has left it too late to get that set they really wanted and they end up disappointed! Don't let that be you this year!!  Here are the links again that you can use to see what's left and to order on line, or to find the catalogue numbers and prices to let me know what you want.


**Remember that even though a stamp set and its coordinating dies will not be retiring, you will not be able to buy them as a bundle again in the next catalogue, so if you want to save the 10%, you should purchase them before May 31st.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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Crafting Forever Stamp Set *

*New products from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, available on June 1.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Love Sparkles for As You See It Challenges

This is the time of year for anniversaries, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. Most people like to have their weddings during the warmer months so that they can incorporate the outdoors in at least some of their celebrations, even if it's just the photographs. So from May to October, you will be likely making most of your anniversary and wedding cards. Our latest As You See It Challenge is a theme challenge that is very timely:

So I set out to make an anniversary card, but as I was considering more traditional ideas, one stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue caught my eye and a whole idea for a card popped into my mind! The stamp set was Love Sparkles, and it is retiring in two weeks, so if you like it, it's one that you had better order quickly so that you are not disappointed. Stampin' Up! will only be manufacturing the retiring stamp sets for three more days until May 22 and then it's while supplies last!

Here's what flashed through my mind:

  • I used the new In Colour Berry Burst* as the card base and background panel for this card. The Designer Series Paper is from the Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack* which is an intriguing play with colours, including paint chip like designs, ombre designs and these crackle designs.
  • I paired it with a panel of Sweet Sugarplum and you can see how well they go together. This panel was embossed with the new Oh My Stars Embossing Folder*. In one version of this card, I used Clear Wink of Stella on all the embossed stars, but it made the design just too busy, so I opted for the plain embossed ones.
  • The heart and the word love are die cut with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. It looks much more shimmery in real life than the photo gives it credit for!
  • The "Let True" part of the sentiment is from the Love Sparkles stamp set but it is two separate stamps. The first stamp says Let Love, so I masked the word love and just stamped "Let" in Berry Burst Ink. Then I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the word "True" placed exactly right. I punched these out with the Classic Label Punch and shortened it to fit the words.
  • I stamped the word Sparkle using Berry Burst ink and added Clear Wink of Stella to the little starbursts on the letters, although you can't really tell from the photo. I used the new Pretty Label Punch* to punch it out and it looks like the two were made for each other. I backed it with another of the same shape punched from some Berry Burst cardstock.*

*New products from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, available on June 1.

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Have a great weekend!!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

Product List

Berry Burst 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock*, Berry Burst Classic Stampin' Pad*, Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack*, Oh My Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder*, Pretty Label Punch*

*New products from the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, available on June 1.