Sunday, September 24, 2017

fractile leaves

Hi! It's been awhile but I'm back after spending several wonderful weeks back in MI with Dad. He's keeping on, keeping on. How lucky we are!

Time though to hit my craft space and dig in to these groovy stamps, from the SSS Stamptember fun, with an even cooler name. Fractile Leaves. Would never have thought of that myself, but what a great description!

For this first card I went for an abstract "cascade" background using all the different leaf images and three different shades of yellow inks. It's kinda hard to see the lightest yellow unfortunately.


Finished my design off with a die cut You and a sentiment from You and a big red heart.


For my second card I paired the modern look of the stamps with a traditional layout. Love the dynamic of only using a partial image.


Heat embossed the leaves and a sentiment from Thoughtful Messages to complete the birthday card.

Both cards were inspired by the colors from The Heart Desires challenge. Happy Fall y'all!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

just breathe ...

... that's the sentiment from STAMPlorations I chose to heat emboss onto this card I made. I thought it would be appropriate in the midst of the somewhat busy design.


If you think this looks familiar, maybe you saw my last Spotlight post - Geometric Shapes - over at STAMPlorations. You can find out all about this design there.

What do you think about these giant sentiment stamps? Do you let the sentiment take center stage on your cards or is it often a bit of an afterthought?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

birthday card with leftovers

So way back when, I was having fun with smooshed Distress Ink backgrounds. And Simply Graphic dies. Here's the post.

Well the "frame" leftover from the die cut rectangles on those cards was too pretty to throw away. And believe it or not, I actually created a card around it!


Needed an image that would stretch nicely the height of the card. STAMPlorations Kathryn's Big Wishes worked nicely.

I was going to stamp black images on a white card but then decided to reverse that. White heat embossed onto black CS. Popped up the frame with foam adhesive and voila!

Happy weekend!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

birthday card with blossom sprays

Made a sympathy card with STAMPlorations Blossom Spray #3 in yesterday's post. The striped leaves in the bunch of lilies were calling to me. To be rainbowed. With Sharpies cuz they fit perfectly in those slim lines.


And the left-white-lilies, Wink of Stella'd for some sparkle...


I even added a very light gray Copic outline around the blooms to try to "pop" them off the paper a bit. Not sure that worked.

Added a KartenKunst birthday sentiment.

And am thinking there's more to be done with this lovely stamp one day ;) Have a good one.


Monday, September 4, 2017

sympathy card with blossom sprays

Needed a quick sympathy card and STAMPlorations Blossom Spray #3 came to the rescue.


Don't you agree that this spray of lilies works well for a sympathy card? I applied a light wash of Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and stamped a KartenKunst sentiment.

Stay tuned for a birthday card using this stamp...

Thursday, August 31, 2017

tissue paper on acetate

I never made it to the game, but CAS Mix Up had a fun technique in the July challenge - using tissue paper. In various ways actually.

Now I'm a big one on using up leftovers as you know. I often reach for scrap or toilet or tissue paper to mop up leftover ink when I'm doing a technique. And I really love Loll T.'s idea of adhering it to acetate and die cutting it.

Did you see my Spotlight post over at STAMPlorations two weeks ago - Water Bleaching Distress Oxides? Well I had a blob of leftover ink on my craft mat during my project and tissue paper came to the rescue. This week's Spotlight post - The Joys of Tissue Paper - explained how I made a card with it. And today's post uses up the last bit of the tissue paper/acetate. And watercolored tissue paper!

Whew! Ready?


I attached (with multi medium matte) the last bit of torn tissue paper (mopped up Wilted Violet, Broken China and Iced Spruce Distress Oxides with it) to a card stamped with a freebie from Sweet Stamp Shop. Adhered a frame (Simply Graphic Rectangles) and outline dragonfly (CUTplorations Dragonfly Layering) cut from hammered gold CS. This die is new to me. I love it.


Then I glued on the tissue paper/acetate solid dragonfly. Voila! If you haven't tried this technique yet, trust me you're gonna love it!

See ya next week.
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