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Beautiful Day and Wood Words Beta Sigma Phi Invitations

Beautiful Day BSP Invites

Beautiful Day BSP invitations

I am a member of Beta Sigma Phi, a non-academic social sorority. 

Beta Sigma Phi formed in the 1930's and has grown to 200,000 members with chapters located worldwide.

I joined in 1983 in Albuquerque, NM.

In Albuquerque, there are about 20 chapters of BSP, each with approx 8-14 members.

When I moved to Colorado, I joined a chapter in Canon City.

In this area, there are only 3 chapters.

We may be small in numbers, but we embrace the sisterhood and friendships created through Beta Sigma Phi.

Each April, BSP celebrates Founder's Day, and each of the Canon City chapters takes turns hosting the event.

This year, it is our chapter's turn.

I volunteered to make the invitations to send out to the other chapters and past Women of the Year.

So, I spent a few hours recently making a few invites.  The colors of BSP are black and yellow, and the flower is the yellow rose.   So, the rose image in the new stamp set Beautiful Day was a perfect choice.  The cluster image of roses and leaves in Wood Words works as well.

Originally, I thought I would make a sampling of invites.  That way, the other members of my chapter could choose which one would be our invitation for this year.  But, we need so few, that I decided that we could use all of them. 

They don't need to be the same, correct?

I made 5, and we'll probably need a couple more.  So, the chapter can choose which design they like best for the additional invites.

In making these cards, I used different techniques (heat embossing, Floating Watercolors, Quartz),  and different products (Brusho Crystals and Embossing Paste).

I used different papers and accessories, some current, some not. 

But all using the black and yellow theme of BSP.

I am thy Sister....

 

If you have any questions about the techniques or product used in these cards, please feel free to contact me:

annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

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?

The Northern Lights Technique tutorial will hit email in boxes on February 20.

Please be sure to sign up for my mailing list by 8:00 am on February 20 to receive this free tutorial, complete with step-by-step instructions and color photos.

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The tutorial will be sent to your e mail inbox as a pdf.

Tutorial includes 2 projects with detailed instructions and color photos.

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Northern Lights Background Technique Tutorial (pdf)
Happy Stampin'!

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.

Want to learn more?

Don't miss out!

Get your copy by adding your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on February 6.

To sign up, please use the Mailing List Sign Up Box  located at the upper right-hand corner of this page.

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!

Happy Stampin'!