Friday, August 18, 2017

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - One Year Anniversary!


Welcome to this Special Anniversary Edition of the
Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop! You'll see projects from stampers from around the world--I'm in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

We are celebrating our One Year Anniversary with this special hop, and theme is...well, ANNIVERSARY! I am not actually sure I've ever made an anniversary card before. I mean, I've probably made one as a sample, but not for an actual celebration. How silly is that? Well, I'm not one for froo-froo, gooey cards, so here's my take on it...


Notice the little motion lines around the top wheel? This was the foundation of the entire card design when I was visualizing creating it. This was the whole point of the card. When you open it up, this is what it says:


If you don't like your handwriting, you could always stamp the greeting inside using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. I'd use the reverse/block letters in the set for the word WHEELIE, and the regular letters for everything else. You could also use the One Wild Ride stamp set to make a similar version of this card, as the motorcycle in that set would take up nearly the same space on the front of the card. I also used the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens under the "ground line" I made on the card--which I made with a Sharpie marker so the fluid of the Blender Pen would not smear it. There's a Basic Gray pencil in the Watercolor Pencils set, so it was pretty convenient for color coordination!

There are a couple of details you might not notice on this card, they are kind of subtle. First, I used the Basic Gray Archival Ink Pad for both the body of the bicycle, and the tires. For the body, I used full strength ink, and for the tires, I stamped off one time gently so the color would be lighter. Also, in the background of the Very Vanilla card stock panel, I stamped the image of a group of dots from the Number of Years stamp set using the Powder Pink Ink Pad--also stamped off one time so the dots are very light. I also stamped those same dots, this time in full strength, around the edge of the Powder Pink Card Stock of the card base. These are just simple ways to add a little bit of visual texture and interest to the card.


As a side note, the Bike Ride stamp set coordinates with the Build a Bike Framelits, and you can get BOTH the stamp set and the framelits in this BUNDLE at 10% OFF! Oh, and don't forget to sign your work, people ;-) This image from the Crafting Forever stamp set is perfect! The set is available in wood-mount or cling-mount, but I knew I'd be using this one stamp ALL the time so I got it in wood-mount so I can set it on my stamping desk and it's always ready to go!


Stampin' Supplies: Bike Ride stamp set, Number of Years stamp set, Crafting Forever stamp set, Very Vanilla card stock, Basic Gray card stock & Archival ink pad, Powder Pink card stock & ink pad, Watercolor Pencils (Basic Gray for ground shadow), Blender Pens, Large Numbers Framelits, Fine Tip Permanent Marker (I used Sharpie for the ground line, wheel motion lines, and to write inside the card).

Click the Next arrow below to see Sarah's superb celebratory creations!
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2017 AUGUST ANNIVERSARY BLOG ROLL

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - Kids!


Welcome to the 12th Edition of the
Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop! You'll see projects from stampers from around the world--I'm in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

This month our theme is KIDS! The goal is to share paper crafts relevant to children...this could be a card for a kid, a 3D project for a kid, whatever we felt moved to make...it's a pretty broad theme. My kids are already out of college, so it took me a while to get in the right mind set...



My project features an "older" stamp set called Marquee Messages, with "older" meaning it's not new to the 2017-18 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog that debuted in June. However, I did use some Glossy White Card Stock that is "new" to that catalog, although it's a product that is returning after several years of being discontinued.

The card has a 1/4" spine to allow for the bulk of the candy inside. I bought the candy packet first, and then used the packet colors for the card. The candy is just stuck inside the card with a couple of  Mini Glue Dots.

Stampin' Supplies: Marquee Messages stamp set, Basic Black Archival ink pad, Glossy White card stock, Tempting Turquoise card stock & marker, Emerald Envy card stock, Daffodil Delight card stock, Clear Wink of Stella, Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots. Paper Snips for that fussy cutting!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Crafting Forever - August Step It Up Blog Hop


Welcome to the August 2017 Edition of the We Create Bloggers Step It Up Blog Hop! The theme is to inspire stampers with a basic design, and at least one alternate "stepped up" version of that same design. My project this month features the NEW Crafting Forever stamp set (available in wood-mount and cling-mount)


I kept my basic version pretty simple, mostly straight stamping. I did add some little highlights to the pens in the background with a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker. I also used a label outline from the Label Me Pretty stamp set (wood-mount or cling-mount), but I didn't want all the details from the image, so I inked up the parts I wanted with a Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Write Marker. The flexibility to do precision inking like that is one reason I had to have the entire set of the Many Marvelous Markers. To get the saying right smack in the center of the label outline where I wanted it, I used ye olde Stamp-a-ma-Jig...an oldie, but a goodie.

Stampin' Supplies: Crafting Forever stamp set, Label Me Pretty stamp set, Shimmery White card stock, Tempting Turquoise card stock/ink pad/marker, Basic Black card stock and Archival ink pad, Pretty Label Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Stamp-a-ma-Jig.


For my "stepped up" version, I created sort of an ink-splotchy background on the Shimmery White card stock. You can see I stamped around the edges of the card base with the finger loops part of the scissors image that's in the Crafting Forever stamp set, to add a little interest. I also went around the edges of the Basic Black card stock layer, and over the entire banner layer, with Clear Wink of Stella, to give both those parts some glimmer. It looks pretty smooth in person, even though the lighting on the picture makes it look like there are textured lines. Then I bumped up the bling a little more with some Clear Faceted Gems.


You can see the background a little better in this closeup. First, I wet the Shimmery White card stock with water from a Stampin' Spritzer. Then I dropped a few drops of Tempting Turquoise reinker into the lid of the Tempting Turquoise ink pad (for a palette), and used a wet Aqua Painter to pick up some reinker. I then held the Aqua Painter over the card stock and tapped the Aqua Painter, and splotches came flying off and landed on the card stock. I squeezed a little more water from the Aqua Painter when I wanted the color lighter, and I went back and dabbed the tip of the Aqua Painter back into the reinker puddle when I wanted the color darker. I set my card stock piece down into a clear shoe box, so I could reach down into there to splatter, and then I just rinsed out the plastic box afterwards. You can wait for the card stock to air dry, or use a Heat Tool...but if you do the latter, be sure to alternate the heat on the front of the card stock, then the back, then front, back, etc., as you're drying, to minimize warping.

Stampin' Supplies: Crafting Forever stamp set, Label Me Pretty stamp set, Shimmery White card stock, Tempting Turquoise card stock/ink pad/marker/reinker, AquaPainter, Stampin' Spritzer, Basic Black card stock and Archival ink pad, Pretty Label Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Clear Faceted Gems, Clear Wink of Stella, Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine, Stamp-a-ma-Jig.

Click the pointing hand image below to hop to Libby's blog next, and see what fancy stepping she's got going on this month...


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