Sunday, October 30, 2016

Paisleys and Posies in the Morning!

Top of the morning to you!

This morning (last night really), I was having a conversation with my friend +Anna Varela (I think) telling her that I'm in my "collecting" phase with my stamps and that I don't really use them...really bad habit (you should see my closet--clothes with tags still on them AND they don't fit).  So I decided that that was going to change.  How is that going to change you might ask?  Well...I decided that at least once a week, I will use a different stamp set and design at least three different cards.  This week, it's Stampin' Up!'s Paisleys and Posies (Item# 142196).  

It's an 18 piece stamp set that IMHO allows your creativity to flow.  In this card, I used Stampin' Up!'s inks from our 2016 - 2018 In Color collection:  Sweet Sugarplum, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy and Peakaboo Peach.

Card base in Night of Navy cardstock 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"' layered with a piece of Whisper White at 4" x 5 1/4"  For an added bit of wow, I embossed the sentiment with Copper Embossing Powder.

Here's the other card I made using the Paisleys and Posies Stamp set...I really like this one...can I tell you why?  Well, since you asked, I really liked it because I used a product that you can probably find in every kitchen in American...can you tell what that product is?  No?  Ok...I'll tell's aluminum (tin) foil...

The Paisleys and Posies Stamp Set is the featured stamp set in my November Stamp By Mail Class.  Save 10% and get the Paisleys and Posies Bundle.

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Happy Stampin!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Shaving Cream? For Real?

Shaving cream and card making you say?

Finished card project
Why, yes I say!  I love trying new things...especially new techniques and mediums.  Being new to paper crafting, there are soooo many things I still have yet to learn about this crafty outlet of mine.  In one of my Facebook groups (yes, I'm in many Facebook groups--card making, jewelry, Pampered Chef, name it), the shaving cream technique was posed as a challenge. 

At first, I looked at it and was like...doesn't really float my boat, plus I don't have any shaving cream in my house (who says that, right)...who doesn't have shaving cream at home you ask...well, that would be me.  Anyway, I rose up and accepted the challenge. 

- Shaving cream (must be the foam type--NOT gel)
- Reinkers (I used Stamin' Up! Blushing Bride, Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango)

I used two different techniques:  "smooshing" (absolutely positive this is not a "real" term", but it's what I hear everyone else refer to) and the other with stencils.

I haven't made the cards yet, but here are 2 additional patterned pieces I made...definitely more to come using this technique.
Smooshing technique

Using a stencil

Saturday, October 1, 2016

For You

Just for You!

Every so often even us creative types need some inspiration.  In one of my Facebook groups, led by +Connie Stewart  , we are in a quest to find and maintain the flow of our creative juices.  Challenge # 7 was to visit the Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' University and try a new technique.  I had been wanting to try the Watercolor technique using acrylic blocks so I took advantage of that opportunity.

This technique is so easy it'll make you wonder why you haven't done it before.

Stamp sets:
-World of Dreams (retired)
-Thoughtful Branches

Paper:  Very Vanilla (#101650)

Stampin' Write markers:  Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, and Gumball Green  

Want to make cards and live in the Austin, Texas area?  Leave me a comment or join my meetup group.  Visit me on Facebook, especially on Tuesday's as I typically have Try It Tuesday's.  This is where I find a technique, or card fold or something awesome that I want to try and go for it.

Happy Stampin'