Waterfront Paper Towel Background Part 2

Waterfront paper towel background 1

 

Waterfront paper towel background 2

Here are more cards I created using 2  recycled paper towels. 

You can see more of my recycled background cards on my Recycle and Reuse Page HERE!

This is the paper towel I used for the top card. 

I dampened it with water, then used it to clean off ink on the tops and sides of my Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Melon Mambo ink pads. 

I was left with an interesting background, so I set it aside to dry and use later.

Paper towel background 1

This is the paper towel I used for the bottom card.

It was used to clean off ink from my So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Early Espresso ink pads.

Paper towel background 2

To create the backgrounds, I separated the plys to use a single layer.  (You can get at least 2 backgrounds out of 1 piece of paper towel.)

I covered a piece of scrap card stock with glue using a glue stick, then attached the paper towel, stretching it carefully with my fingertips so it wouldn't tear.

This step is important because it gives a solid backing to the paper towel, allowing you to easily cut the piece down to the desired size using a paper trimmer or scissors.

You could also use adhesive sheets or a xyron machine.

Then, I simply stamped my images from my favorite stamp set, Waterfront, creating little mountain scenes.

Be sure your ink pads are inked up as you will be stamping on a textured surface.

For these cards, I stamped the canyon walls, the mountain range, and landscape using Early Espresso ink.  The sun was stamped using Pumpkin Pie ink.

The pieces were attached to a Soft Suede mat, then to a So Saffron card base using Dimensionals to pop them up. 

The greeting is from Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin) stamped in Early Espresso ink.

So, when you are cleaning up, be sure to save those paper towels to use as interesting backgrounds for later projects!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp sets: Waterfront, Wish Big

Ink: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie

Paper: So Saffron, Soft Suede, Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Waterfront Paper Towel Background

I  always have a baby wipe or paper towel (sometimes both!) nearby when I'm crafting. 

It's always good to have something to clean inky fingers, wipe off excess ink from a clear block, or clean up the edges around an inked stamp. 

A mix of colors that leads to the interesting background possibilities!

Set them aside to dry, then use them in your crafting!

Recycle and reuse, right?

Here's the paper towel. 

Lots of interesting splotches, colors, and texture.

Paper Towel Background

I cut it down to make a sunrise background for my Waterfront mountains in silhouette.

Waterfront Paper Towel background

Here's how:

  1. To determine how much of the baby wipe you're going to need, start by creating the mountains.  Stamp the mountain image from the Waterfront stamp set on Basic Black card stock using Basic Black ink.  I stamped them twice so I'd have a longer mountain range.  Cut out the image using a pair of scissors.
  2.  Keep the excess piece of card stock.  Turn it upside down, and it will become the bottom landscape of the card.

Waterfront mountains cut out

3. Now, determine which part of the paper towel wipe you are going to use behind the mountains.  Once you've made that determination, cut a piece of scrap card stock  to fit what you'll need for the background. Because it is difficult to cut down the paper towel without a backing, you'll need to attach it to something solid.  Cut a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet the same size as the scrap card stock.  Peel off the printed backing on the adhesive sheet and apply it to the card stock.  Peel off the other side of the backing, and you'll be left with a sticky surface to attach the paper towel.   Also, most paper towels are 2-ply.  Separate the plys and only use one.  The other you can use on another project. A glue stick will also work if you don't have an adhesive sheet on hand.  You won't be using the whole paper towel wipe for this card, so you'll have extra to use another time.

4. Place the section of the paper towl you want to use over the sticky backing on the card stock.  Trim the piece down to the size you need using a paper trimmer or pair of scissors.

5.  Attach the paper towel background to a card stock mat just at the top of the piece.  For this card, I used Elegant Eggplant card stock.

6. Attach the paper towel background to the card base using Dimensionals to pop it up. 

7.  Attach the mountain and landscape cut-outs, using SNAIL adhesive along the bottom edge of the mountains.  Attach to the bottom of the paper towel background, using Dimensionals to pop it up.

8. Create the sun by punching out a piece of Crushed Curry card stock using a 1" circle punch.  Slip the sun behind the mountain, using a Dimensional to pop it up.

9.  Stamp greeting below the landscape using Archival Black ink.

Waterfront paper towel background closeup

So, don't throw away those baby wipes or paper towels you keep nearby when you are crafting! 

Use them in other projects to create fun backgrounds.

Be sure to check my Waterfront mountains in silhouette card featuring a baby wipe background HERE.

This card features the Waterfront stamp set, my newest favorite!

 

Waterfront stamp set

Supplies Used:

Stamp sets: Waterfront, Floral & Fauna (December Paper Pumpkin kit)

Ink: Archival Black, various

Paper: Soft Sky, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, scrap Whisper White

Accessories: baby wipe,  Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet, 1" circle punch, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Waterfront Baby Wipe Background

I  always have a baby wipe or paper towel (sometimes both!) nearby when I'm crafting. 

It's always good to have something to clean inky fingers, wipe off excess ink from a clear block, or clean up the edges around an inked stamp. 

A mix of colors that leads to the interesting background possibilities!

Set them aside to dry, then use them in your crafting!

Recycle and reuse, right?

Here's the baby wipe. 

Lots of interesting splotches, colors, and texture.

Baby Wipe Background

I cut it down to make a sunrise background for my Waterfront mountains in silhouette.

Waterfront Baby Wipe Background

Here's how:

  1. To determine how much of the baby wipe you're going to need, start by creating the mountains.  Stamp the mountain image from the Waterfront stamp set on Basic Black card stock using Basic Black ink.  I stamped them twice so I'd have a longer mountain range.  Cut out the image using a pair of scissors.
  2.  Keep the excess piece of card stock.  Turn it upside down, and it will become the bottom landscape of the card.

Waterfront mountains cut out

3. Now, determine which part of the baby wipe you are going to use behind the mountains.  Once you've made that determination, cut a piece of scrap card stock  to fit what you'll need for the background. Because it is difficult to cut down the baby wipe without a backing, you'll need to attach it to something solid.  Cut a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet the same size as the scrap card stock.  Peel off the printed backing on the adhesive sheet and apply it to the card stock.  Peel off the other side of the backing, and you'll be left with a sticky surface to attach the baby wipe.   A glue stick will also work if you don't have an adhesive sheet on hand.  You won't be using the whole baby wipe for this card, so you'll have extra to use another time.

4. Place the section of the baby wipe you want to use over the sticky backing on the card stock.  Trim the piece down to the size you need using a paper trimmer or pair of scissors.

5.  Attach the baby wipe background to a card stock mat just at the top of the piece.  For this card, I used So Saffron card stock.

6. Attach the baby wipe background to the card base using Dimensionals to pop it up. 

7.  Attach the mountain and landscape cut-outs, using SNAIL adhesive along the bottom edge of the mountains.  Attach to the bottom of the baby wipe background, using Dimensionals to pop it up.

8. Create the sun by punching out a piece of Crushed Curry card stock using a 1" circle punch.  Slip the sun behind the mountain, using a Dimensional to pop it up.

9.  Stamp greeting below the landscape using Archival Black ink.

Waterfront baby wipe background closeup

So, don't throw away those baby wipes or paper towels you keep nearby when you are crafting! 

Use them in other projects to create fun backgrounds.

Be sure to check my Waterfront mountains in silhouette card featuring a paper towel background which will post on Feb 21.

This card features the Waterfront stamp set, my newest favorite!

 

Waterfront stamp set

Supplies Used:

Stamp sets: Waterfront, Floral & Fauna (December Paper Pumpkin kit)

Ink: Archival Black, various

Paper: Soft Sky, Basic Black, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, scrap Whisper White

Accessories: baby wipe,  Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet, 1" circle punch, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Fresh Card Making Idea-Northern Lights Technique

Northern Lights Waterfront Northern Lights

Create stunning backgrounds inspired by the Northern Lights!

My February Fresh Card making idea will feature the Northern Lights Technique, paired with my new favorite stamp set, Waterfront.

Want to learn more?

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Sheet Music and Embossing Paste Hearts for Valentine's Day

Embossing Paste heart

 

I needed a quick and easy idea for Valentine's Day cards this year. 

I had my heart punch on my crafting table, left over from the Party Panda card I created HERE, so I thought, why not combine it with the embossing paste found in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

The embossing paste is so cool, and the supplies are endless!

Here's how:

Start by making a heart stencil.  I punched a heart out of scrap Whisper White card stock using my retired Full Heart punch.

If you don't have a heart punch, use the Big Shot, and a heart-shaped framelit die set like Sweet & Sassy.

Stamp the Sheet Music background stamp onto a piece of Smoky Slate card stock using Black Archival ink.

Place the heart stencil over the stamped image, securing it with pieces of washi or painter's tape.

Embossing paste heart stencil

Now to add the embossing paste.

To color it first, scoop out some out onto a silicone craft mat. 

If you don't have a silicone craft mat, use a clear-block or a plastic container lid.

Add a drop or two of color from an ink refill onto the paste and mix using a palette knife.

For this card, I used Berry Burst ink.

Mixing embossing paste

Apply the colored embossing paste onto the stencil, spreading it with a palette knife like you would frost a cake.

Heart with embossing paste

For an added touch of sparkle, I sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds onto the wet paste.

Embossing paste heart with dazzling details

Set the piece aside to dry completely.  The thicker the paste, the longer it will take to dry.

Be sure to clean your tools with water.  The embossing paste dries quickly and can be hard to remove.

Once dry, remove the stencil.

Embossing Paste heart closeup

Tie a bow out of ribbon or baker's twine and add to the heart using a glue dot.

Attach the card front to a Basic Gray Mat.  Attach to Berry Burst card base.

Stamp greeting from Bloomin' Love using Archival Black ink.

I created three cards using different inks to color the embossing paste:

Rose Red, Melon Mambo, Berry Burst.

The color possibilities are endless!

Embossing Paste trio of hearts
Embossing Paste, $141979, $8.00

Embossing paste

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheet Music, Bloomin' Love

Ink: Berry Burst, Rose Red, Melon Mambo, Archival Black

Paper: Berry Burst, Rose Red, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, scrap of Whisper White for stencil

Accessories: Embossing Paste, Palette Knife, Dazzling Details, heart punch, Black Baker's Twine, Glue Dots

Happy Stampin'!

Sponged Sky Party Panda Valentine's Day Card

Party Panda Valentine's

I created this Valentine's Day card for our one-year-old granddaughter using the cute Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Party Pandas.

This set just brings a smile!

I combined it with the easy sponged sky background technique.

Here's how:

To create the sky, I used a scallop circle template that I've had in my crafting stash for years.

I cut a large scallop circle out of light-weight cardboard using the now retired Scallop Circle Bigz Die and the Big Shot.

I also cut out several smaller scallop circles out of the same cardboard using my scallop circle punch.

Then, I attached the smaller circles to the larger circle using scotch tape to hold it all together.

Scallop circle template

As you can tell, this template has been used many times over the years!

To create the sky, simply lay the template onto a piece of card stock, and sponge ink around the scallops.  Move the template around the card stock, sponging on more ink.

When done, remove the template, and you've got a cloudy sky background:

Party Panda Scalloped Sponge sky

For this card, I sponged on Marina Mist and Island Indigo inks on my Whisper White card front. 

Now, it is time to complete the card.

  1. Stamp a panda from Party Pandas onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Archival Black ink.  Cut the panda out using a pair of scissors.
  2. Punch or die cut hearts out of designer paper.  I used my retired Full Heart punch, but Stampin' Up! has several dies, such as Sweet and Sassy, that can be cut out using the Big Shot.  I punched one heart out of Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, one out of Delightful Daisy DSP, and one out silver glimmer paper.  So soften the glimmer paper, I sponged on some Calypso Coral ink.
  3. Cut 4 clouds out of Vellum card stock using the Big Shot and Up & Away Thinlits Die.
  4. Attach the panda to the card front, using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.
  5. Attach the 4 die-cut clouds, layering them along the bottom of the card front.  Use a small amount of SNAIL Adhesive along the edge of the card front or where they meet.  Otherwise, the SNAIL will show through the Vellum. Trim any excess vellum from the bottom or sides using scissors or paper trimmer.
  6. Attach a piece of ribbon or baker's twine (Calypso Coral baker's twine for this card) to each balloon using glue dots, leaving enough of a tail to reach the panda's hand.  Tie the end of the balloon strings together in a knot. Attach each of the balloons to the card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.  Place a glue dot behind the Panda's hand.  Bring the knotted string down to the glue dot and secure just above the knot.  Bring the knot to the front, so it looks like the panda is holding the balloons. 
  7. Make bows out of the ribbon or baker's twine and attach to each of the balloons using glue dots.
  8. Stamp greeting from Lift Me Up using Calypso Coral ink.
  9. Attach card front to Basic Black mat.  Attach to Calypso Coral card base.

Too cute!  I think my granddaughter will like her card.

You can get your own Party Panda stamp set by making a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration (ends March 31).

Party Pandas stamp setClick HERE to view the other Sale-A-Bration selections.

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Party Pandas, Lift Me Up

Ink: Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Archival Black, Calypso Coral

Paper: Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum, Whole Lot of Lovely, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, silver glimmer paper

Accessories: sky template, sponge, Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, heart punch, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dots

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Waterfront Sampler-Sign Up to Receive My February Newsletter

Waterfront Sampler

The new and versatile stamp set Waterfront is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up!

Use it to create tranquil mountain or tropical landscapes.

This has become new my favorite stamp set!

Ideas using the Waterfront stamp set will be featured in my February newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes on February 6.

Ideas will feature the Reflection, Masking, and Heat Embossing techniques.

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Once the sign up form has been submitted, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you soon!

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Matchbook Chocolate Holders for Valentine's Day!

Matchbook Valentines Day Treat

Just in time for Valentine's Day!

Here's a quick and easy gift-giving idea.

Perfect for holding chocolate favors.

I made these to hold Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares, but you could easily change the size to accommodate smaller or larger candies.

 

Matchbook Chocolate Holder inside
Here's how:

 Start with a piece of card stock measuring 9 1/4" x 3".  Score it at 3/4", 5", and 5 1/4".  Fold along the score lines.  The 3/4" score is the bottom of the matchbook.  Fold it up and staple towards the bottom middle, allowing for the front to slip inside to close.

For these, I used Berry Burst card stock for the bases.  The fronts are covered with a piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper cut at 4" x 2 3/4.   The folded up bottom piece measures 4" x 1/2" with the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped in Berry Burst ink.

For the hearts, I stamped piece of Whisper White card stock using the Marbled background stamp in Berry Burst ink.  I then heat embossed the piece using a heat tool and clear embossing powder.  I punched out the hearts using my retired heart punch.  Any punch or framelit would work.  The hearts were added to the front of the matchbooks using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.  Glimmer dots were added to complete.

Marbled Heart closeup

I applied SNAIL Adhesive to the back of each chocolate square, securing them to the inside of the matchbook.

I made these as thank you gifts for attendees at a recent class.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Marbled

Ink: Berry Burst

Paper: Berry Burst, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper

Accessories: scoring tool, heat tool, clear embossing powder, heart punch, Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares, mini stapler, Mini Glue Dots, glimmer dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Faux Patina Fluttering

Faux Patina fluttering

While I had the Fluttering Embossing Folder on my craft table after creating this Brusho Crystal Fluttering Embossed Card, I decided to create another quick card using the Faux Patina Technique.

The card above was actually inspired by the patina butterfly sculpture that is hanging on a tree in our back yard:

Faux Patina inspiration

The Faux Patina Technique is easy and has numerous color combination possibilities.

You will need: 4 colors ink: neutral, 2 colors (blue and green are traditional patina colors), dark

Versamark

Metallic embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, heat tool

Here's how:

Faux Patina step 1

  1. Swipe neutral color (Crumb Cake ink pad) on the inside of the Fluttering embossing folder (the inside of the side with the “Sizzix” label.)

Faux Patina step 2

  1. Insert a piece of Whisper White card stock inside the folder and run through the Big Shot.

Faux Patina step 3

  1. Sponge 2nd color (Marina Mist) over the embossed images.

Faux Patina step 4

  1. Sponge 3rd color (Always Artichoke) over embossed images.

Faux Patina step 5

  1. Sponge darkest color (Early Espresso) over embossed images.

Faux Patina step 6

  1. Set aside to let ink dry a little bit, or lightly tap Embossing Buddy over the image to help dry out the ink.

(To keep from staining the Embossing Buddy, please tap, don’t swipe it across the image.)

  1. Lightly tap Versamark over parts of the image. You don’t want to emboss the whole image, only parts of it for a random look.

Faux Patina step 7

  1. Add metallic (gold) embossing powder to image. Remove large areas of the embossing powder with your finger tips or brush. You don’t want the whole image embossed, just random areas.

Faux Patina step 9

  1. Heat emboss using heat tool.
  2. Attach to Crumb Cake card base.
  3. Apply Expressions Natural Element to front of card using Glue Dots.

The card above uses a retired Expressions Natural Elements.  I made this card adding the word "enjoy" cut out of gold glimmer paper using the Big Shot and the Mini Treats Thinlits Dies.

Faux Patina Fluttering

Other color combinations to try:

-Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso

-Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant

-Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey

-Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy, Basic Grey

-Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Grey

I hope you'll give the Faux Patina Technique a try. 

Supplies Used:

Ink: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Versamark

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, gold embossing powder, Big Shot, Fluttering Embossing Folder, Expressions Natural Elements (retired), Mini Glue Dots, sponge

 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Fluttering Embossing Folder and Brusho Crystal Colours

Fluttering Embossing Folder

Here's another fun way to use the Brusho Crystal Colours found in the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.

Combine the Brusho Crystals and water with an embossed image for added texture and interest.

For this card, I used Fluttering Embossing Folder.

Here's how:

  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper 5" x 3 3/4".  Run it through the Big Shot using the Fluttering Embossing Folder.  Run it forward, backward, and forward again to get a good embossed image.
  2. Spritz embossed watercolor paper with water.  Sprinkle Brusho Crystals onto the water.  For my card, I started with Brilliant Red. 
  3. Repeat with more Brusho Crystals.  For my card, I added Gamboge, Yellow, and Prussian Blue.
  4. Remove excess water by dabbing piece with a tissue.  Set it aside to dry completely.
  5. After the piece is completely dry, swipe on white ink to the embossed images using a White Craft ink pad.  Set aside to dry completely.  Add more white craft ink if desired.  Set aside to dry completely.
  6. Attach piece to Island Indigo matting.  Attach to So Saffron card  base.
  7. Cut 2 "enjoy" pieces from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies out of Island Indigo card stock using the Big Shot.  Glue the two pieces together, adding dimension to the word.  Add to the card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.
  8. Stamp greeting from Dragonfly Dreams stamp set onto a scrap piece of So Saffron card stock using Island Indigo ink.  Banner cut one end.  Attach to the card front using Mini Dimensionals to complete.

Fluttering Embossing Folder close up

Brusho Crystal Colours

Watercolor ink crystals.  Sprinkle them directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst!

#144101, $30.00

Brusho crystals

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Island Indigo, White Craft

Paper: So Saffron, Island Indigo, watercolor paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Fluttering Embossing Folder,  Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die, spritzer bottle with water, Brusho Crystal Colours, Mini Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Brusho Crystal Colours Meets Party Panda

Brusho Party Pandas

Stampin' Up! is pleased to announce the addition of Brusho Crystal Colours in the new 2018 Occasions Catalog!

Watercolor ink crystals—Sprinkle them directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst.

Brusho crystals

Package includes 5 pots, 1 each of 5 colors: Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange), Moss Green, Prussian Blue, Yellow

#144101, $30.00

I've been having lots of fun playing with the Brushos. 

I love how abstract backgrounds can be created easily by simply by adding water to watercolor paper, then lightly sprinkling on some of the Brusho Crystals. 

The crystals will run and pool creating unique backgrounds.

And each one will be different.

For the card above, I paired the Brusho Crystals with my favorite Sale-A-Bration stamp, Party Pandas.

Here's how:

  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper measuring 5" x 3 3/4".  Using an aqua painter, swish water onto the watercolor paper. 
  2. Shake first color of Brusho Crystals onto the water.  Add other colors as desired.  For my card, I started with the Brilliant Red, than added Gamboge and Yellow.  The wetter the paper, the more the crystals will spread and pool.  Dab off excess water with a tissue if needed, then set aside to dry completely.
  3. Swipe Embossing Buddy over card front.  Stamp panda using Archival Black ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and black embossing powder.
  4. Stamp balloon part of the panda on a scrap piece of Crushed Curry card stock using Archival Black ink.  Cut the balloon out using a pair of scissors.  Stamp the confetti image using Archival Black ink.  Paper-piece balloon using  a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.
  5. Stamp greeting using Archival Black ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and black embossing powder.
  6. Stamp confetti on the card front using Archival Black ink.
  7. Attach card front to Crushed Curry mat.  Attach to Basic Black card base.

 

Don't forget, it's Sale-A-Bration!

For every $50 spent, you'll be able to choose an exclusive free item out of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

Now's a great time to stock up on all your crafting supplies!

  Saleabration
Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Party Pandas

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, watercolor paper

Accessories: aqua painter, Brusho Crystal Colours, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Fresh Card Making Idea-Dryer Sheet Technique

On the waterfront dryer sheet Happy Celebrations Dryer Sheet
My January Fresh Card Making Idea will feature crafting with dryer sheets.

 Using dryer sheets in my crafting is one of my favorite stamping techniques.

And it is a great way to re-use and recycle.

Create a sparkly background or abstract backgrounds using dryer sheets.

Want to learn more?

The Dryer Sheet Technique tutorial will hit email in boxes on January 23.

Please be sure to sign up for my mailing list by 8:00 am on January 23 to receive this free tutorial, complete with step-by-step instructions and color photos.

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Petal Passion Meets Party Pandas

Party Pandas

It's Sale-A-Bration at Stampin' Up!

During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 spent, you are able to choose a free exclusive item out of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

So, now is the perfect time to stock up on stamps, paper, inks, and accessories!

My favorite from the Sale-A-Bration is the cute stamp set, Party Pandas.

Party Pandas stamp set

These guys are too cute and will certainly bring a smile.

For this card, I paired the Party Pandas with the new black and white designer series paper, Petal Passion.

Here's How:

  1. Cut a piece of scrap card stock to measure 5 1/4" x 4".  Cut a piece of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper to the same size, 5 1/4" x 4".  Any of the designs in the paper stack will work, so just choose your favorite.  Attach the DSP to the card stock.
  2. Cut 2 circles out of the DSP using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits Dies.  Or use a circle punch.
  3. Cut 2 squares that are slightly larger than the circle cut outs.  Stamp the pandas  using Archival Black ink on to squares.  Color in the circles on the party hats using a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker.
  4. Apply Mini Dimensionals around the back side of the cut circles.  Peel off the backing and attach the stamped squares, lining up the pandas as desired. 
  5. Cut rings out of Real Red card stock using the Big Shot and 2 Circle Framelits Dies, one larger than the other.  Or use 2 circle punches, one larger than the other.  Attach rings around the circles.
  6. Attach card front to Basic Black card base.
  7. Stamp greeting on scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Mat to Basic Black card stock.  Banner cut one end and attach to the front of the card using Mini Dimensionals.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Party Pandas

Ink: Archival Black, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelits Dies, Mini Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Petal Passion A Note for You

Petal Passions watercolor pencil flowers

Here's another quick and easy card created using the new Petal Passion Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

This DSP is found in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.

The designs are in black and white.

Here is what the paper looked like originally:

Petal Passions Black and White flowers

I really like the simplicity of the black and white images.

But, in this case, I decided to add a little color to the design by using my watercolor pencils.

I think it's a nice touch, don't you?

 

Here's how:

  1. Cut a partial circle out of one of the Petal Passion designs using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits Dies.  A circle punch will work too.
  2. Attach partial circle to Whisper White card front.
  3. Stamp greeting from Eastern Beauty stamp set using Archival Black ink.
  4. Color flowers in using watercolor pencils.  Stampin' Write markers would work too.
  5. Attach to Basic Black card base.

Card measures: 3 3/4" x 3 1/2"

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Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

Petal Passions DSP

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Eastern Beauty

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Framelits Dies, watercolor pencils

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Love Designer Series Paper?

Me too!

Have you checked out the new collection of Designer Series Paper found in Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Catalog?

If not, be sure to view the video below showcasing the new papers:

DSP in the Occasions Catalog

Which one is your favorite?

Mine is Petal Passion!

I love the simplicity of the black and white images.

Here's a clean and simple card I created using one of the designs in the paper stack.

I let the designer series paper do most of the work with this quick and easy card.

Petal Passions Black and White

Here's how:

  1. Cut a partial circle out of one of the Petal Passion designs using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits Dies.  A circle punch will work too.
  2. Attach partial circle to Whisper White card front.
  3. Stamp greeting from Eastern Beauty stamp set using Archival Black ink.
  4. Attach to Basic Black card base.

Card measures: 3" x 3 1/2"

Be sure to check out the full line of designer series paper from Stampin' Up!

And remember, it's Sale-A-Bration time.

For every $50 purchased, you'll earn an exclusive free item out of the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.

Now is the time to stock up!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Eastern Beauty

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Petal Passions Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Framelits

 

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Brusho samples January 2018

Take watercoloring to a new level with the Brusho Crystal Colours, found in the new 2018 Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up!

Mix with water to make watercolor washes and designs.  Sprinkle directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst.

Ideas using the Brusho crystals will be featured in my January newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes on January 9.

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Once the sign up form has been submitted, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you soon!

 

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Rock Concert-Happy 2018!

Rock concert

Happy 2018 to you!

I hope my "rock concert" painted rock will bring a smile.

Small pebbles and rocks were collected (half the fun!), painted, and wiggly eyes glued on to create a collection of concert-goers.

After painting a larger rock white, I glued on the individual pebbles and rocks.

I printed "rock concert" on a piece of tissue paper that was taped to a piece of copy paper.  After cutting the tissue paper down and away from the copy paper, I decoupaged it onto the front of the rock. 

To seal the rocks, I added a layer of decoupage.

To see more painted rocks, please visit my page HERE.

 

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More Painted Rocks Part 2!

So, I've said it before. 

I'm obsessed with painting rocks!

There is a big movement here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too.)

Find and paint rocks.

Leave them in public spaces for others to find.

They, in turn, take the rock and place them somewhere for someone else to find.

It's all designed to bring a smile.

And it does!

Click HERE to see more of my collection on painted rocks

The holidays have passed, and things have calmed down.

Time to paint more rocks!

Parrot rock 1

Parrot rock

This is probably one of my favorite rocks I painted and is definitely a keeper.

I let the shape of the rock determine what it would be.

After getting on Pinterest, I found a great idea to work from.

It took me awhile to get it right, but I really like it.

It currently sits on our heater next to my other favorite, the trout rock:

 

Parrot and trout rocks
 

 

Giraffe rock 1

 Giraffe rock

Again, the shape of the rock helped determine what would be painted on it.

This one just makes me smile.  I have determined that this is a keeper too.

Or, I might give it to my one-year-old granddaughter for her rock garden.

Santa Rocks

Santa rocks

I found an idea for these on Pinterest.  Mine didn't turn out as cute as the ones I saw online, but oh well.

I have the hardest time with painting eyes.  After several failed attempts, I ended up putting wiggly eyes on them.

So much easier than fighting it!

 

Pom pom snowmen

Pom pom snowmen rocks

Cute little snowmen wearing stocking caps.

Just in time for winter!

 

Man in Moon

Man in the Moon rock

The rock helped shape what would be painted on it.

Man in the Moon Rock

and finally, Man in the Moon and stars rock.

This is another one where the rock determined what it would be.  The upper ledge of the rock is crescent moon shaped, perfect for that man in the moon!

 I punched some stars out of designer paper using a small star punch and decoupaged them to the lower ledge of the rock.

This is a fairly large-sized and heavy rock.  I decided to keep this one, and it now has a place on our steps to the front porch. 

Dino and man in the moon 1

The dino and man on the moon help welcome visitors!

I hope this will provide inspiration for you to join the painted rock movement!

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!