Snow Front in Purple

Purple reflectionsSnow Front Purple Reflections

Purple winter sceneSnow Front in Purple

One of my favorite stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog is Snow Front.

With the mountains, pine trees, snow, and even the cute little country cabin, it is the perfect set for my surroundings here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

I played around with the set to create some different watercolor landscapes.

For both cards, I started by creating a mask for the moon cut out of a post-it-note using my 1 3/4" circle punch.

I laid the stencil on my watercolor paper card front and sponged on metallic silver ink.

For the first card, I placed the punched circle over the sponged moon, and added Pacific Point and Highland Heather inks to create the sky.

Next, I stamped the trees and landscape using Highland Heather ink and the water using Seaside Spray and Balmy Blue inks.

To create the reflection, I stamped the trees on my Silicone Craft Mat in Highland Heather ink.  Then, I turned the mat so the image would be upside down.  I placed it on the bottom section of the card front and gently rubbed the backside of the mat with my fingers, transferring the ink to the paper.

For the second card, after sponging the moon, I stamped the mountains using Soft Suede ink.  I tapped Shaded Spruce, Pretty Peacock, and Highland Heather inks on the tree stamp to get the three-tone coloring.  A simple watercolor wash using an aqua painter was done to create the water.

Snow Front is the featured product in my December Newsletter.

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Snow Front

Snow front

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Snow Front, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink:

Card #1: Highland Heather, Pacific Point, Seaside Spray, Balmy Blue, silver metallic

Card #2: Highland Heather,  Shaded Spruce, Pretty Peacock, Soft Suede, silver metallic

Paper:

Card 1: Balmy Blue, Rich Razzleberry, watercolor

Card 2: Seaside Spray, Highland Heather, watercolor

Accessories: post-it-note, 1 3/4" circle punch, sponge, Silicone Craft mat, aqua painter, Stamparatus

 

Happy Stampin'!

December Fresh Ideas-Faux Mosaic Technique

Faux mosiac

Faux mosaic

The Faux Mosaic Technique is a great way to use up those paper scraps!
 
The pieces can be any shape or size.
 
The Faux Mosaic Technique possibilities are endless!

Want to learn more?

My December Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Faux Mosaic Technique.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on December 17, 2019.

Please add your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on December 17 to receive this tutorial complete with step-by-step instructions.

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Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you!

Anne

Happy Stampin'!

Merry Christmas-Tri-Fold Snow Front Card

Snow front tri foldTri-Fold Snow Front Card Closed

Snow Front tri fold openedTri-Fold Snow Front Card Opened

Snow Front Tri fold insideTri-Fold Snow Front Card Inside

This card was inspired by an idea I saw from Michelle Last.

It is an easy tri-fold card using Snow Front, one of my favorite stamp sets found in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.

This stamp set is perfect for my surrounding in the mountains of southern Colorado.

The mountains, trees, creek, and deer. 

Plus the little cabin which reminds me of our little house in the big forest.

This stamp set has it all!

Card measures 9 3/4" x 5 1/2" and was scored at 3 1/4" and 6 1/2".

I stamped the mountains using a combination of Night of Navy, Highland Heather and Seaside Spray inks.

Once stamped, I trimmed around them using a pair of scissors.

The cabin, deer, snowman, and greeting were stamped using the Stamparatus.

The mountains, trees, water, and landscape were stamped free hand.

It came together pretty easily.  I hope you'll give it a try.

Thanks Michelle for your inspiration!

Snow Front will be the featured product in my December newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes today,  December 10th.

Please add your name to my mailing list to get your own copy.

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It will also be featured in upcoming blogs posts during December, so stay tuned!

Snow Front

Snow frontSupplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Snow Front, Still Scenes (greeting)

Ink: Night of Navy, Highland Heather, Seaside Spray, Early Expresso, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green

Accessories: Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

Mason jar ornaments 1

Every month, a group of ladies from Wetmore and surrounding areas get together at local restaurants for lunch.

In December, my neighbor Carol and I are the co-hosts.

We got together one afternoon to create these mason jar lid ornaments to give out as favors.

We used a collection of designer papers, ribbons and embellishments, plus the Big Shot and  Snow Globe Scene Dies to create different scenes.

The circles were punched using my 2 1/2" circle punch.  We used Tombow Multi-purpose Glue as our glue along the inside edges of the rings.

And the best part is I let the double-sided designer series paper do the work for the back side of the ornamenst!

Here's the front of one of the ornaments:

Deer mason jar ornament front

And here's the back side of that ornament:

Deer mason jar ornament 1 back

Easy, Easy!

We know our guests will have fun picking out the one they want!

Mason jar bearsSnow Globe Scenes Bears

Mason jar snowflakeFeels Like Frost Snowflake

Mason jar purpleFeels Like Frost in Purple

 

Supplies Used:

Paper: Feels Like Frost and Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper, Shimmery White, Basic Black, Shaded Spruce, Gold Foil, Gold Glimmer

Accessories: mason jar lids in assorted colors, 2 1/2" circle punch, Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Dies, assorted ribbons and embellishments from my stash, Stampin' Blends to color rhinestones and pearls, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, Mini Dimesionals

Happy Stampin'!

Snow Front-Sign Up For my December Newsletter

Dec 19 sampler

Snow Front

Create tranquil scenes with the Snow Front Stamp Set, whether it's cozy cabins with dainty deer or playful cardinals in a winter forest.

This is a Two-Step Stampin’ set; it allows you to layer two or more images to create one final image with extra texture and dimension in the colors you want.

Projects using Snow Front featured in my December 2019 newsletter.

You still have time to create those holiday cards!

Want to learn more?

My December 2019 newsletter will hit e mail in boxes at 11:00 am (MST) today, December, 3, 2019.

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list anytime in December, 2019.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the easy sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you!

I hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks!

Anne

Snow Front

Snow front

Happy Stampin'!

Merry Christmas Mercury Glass Acetate Background

Acetate

Have you seen the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog?

I overlooked it a few times as it really isn't prominent in the samples.

But, it is really cool stuff!

I provides easy backgrounds that add that WOW factor!

So, what is it?

According to Wikipedia, "Mercury glass (or silvered glass) is glass that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed. Although mercury was originally used to provide the reflective coating for mirrors, elemental mercury was never used to create tableware."

Stampin' Up! Mercury Glass Designer Acetate features a faux mercury glass look on translucent paper.

To get different effects, place it over different colored card stock. 

For this card, I placed it over Basic Black card stock.

You can also color the back of the paper using Blends.  The color will show through the clear parts of the acetate. 

The possibilities are endless!

Just a note, there is a clear film covering the back side of the acetate that should be removed in order to get the full effect.

It is a little hard to get started.  I slightly bent one of the corners of the acetate, then used my Take Your Pick Tool to work the film free. 

Then, you can peel it away. 

I  peeled just enough away to cut my 3" x 3" piece needed for this card.  Then, I moved the film back over the rest of the sheet until I need it for another project.

The Designer Acetate comes in a pack of 4- 12" x 12" sheets, 2 each of 2 designs.

Fun!

Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Mercury glass designer acetate

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Gleaming Ornaments

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Winter Woods Embossed Trees

Embosed trees

Recently, one of my Wetmore Ladies asked if we could do a project using the Embossing Mats at our next class.

These are the mats that allow you to emboss using a die rather than cutting. 

This is no longer available through Stampin' Up!, but since all the class attendees purchased the mats when they were available, I decided it would be a good idea to have a refresher course.

The mats are very easy to use.  You just need to make sure you have the correct sandwich so you don't cut the blue mat when you run it through the Big Shot.

Here's a photo of the post-it-note I taped to the Big Shot as a reminder to the class attendees what the sandwich should be:

3d embossing mat instructions

And here is a photo of the sandwich.  Of course, the white pad will cover the top of the sandwich when it is run through the Big Shot.

3D Embossing mat sandwich

For this project, we used the tree and landscape dies in the In the Woods Dies.

 

Here's How:

  1. Emboss copper foil card front using the In the Woods Dies, Big Shot, and Embossing Mats. Use this sandwich: platform on Tab 1, blue mat, card stock, die, white mat.  Emboss the landscape first.  Add 2 trees and emboss, Add the final 2 trees and emboss.
  2. Stamp greeting from Christmas Deer on Very Vanilla card stock. Cut out using the Big Shot and Stitched Rectangle Die.  Sponge Metallic Copper ink along the edges.  Attach to Noble Peacock Foil mat.
  3. Attach Copper Foil to Night of Navy mat. Attach to Very Vanilla card base.  Attach greeting using Mini Dimensinals to pop it up.  Color pearls using the Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend.  Attach to front of card to complete.

In the Woods Dies

In the Woods Die

Stamp Set: Christmas Deer

Ink: Night of Navy, Metallic Copper (Delecata Metallic ink in Holiday Catalog), Night of Navy Stampin’Blend

Paper: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Copper  and Noble Peacock Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Embossing Mats, In the Woods, and Stitched Rectangle Dies, pearls, sponge, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

November Fresh Ideas-Retiform or Grid Technique

 

Retifrom

Sponge a grid pattern onto your card stock, then stamp images inside the grid sections.
 
The grid pattern doesn't need to be straight lines, so try creating different angles.
 
That's it!
 
The grid pattern possibilities are endless!

Want to learn more?

My November Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Retiform or Grid Technique.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on November 26, 2019.

Please add your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on November 26 to receive this tutorial complete with step-by-step instructions.

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Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you!

Anne

Retiform in purple

Geared Up Garage retiform

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Online Extravaganza Nov 20-22

Online extravaganza

Get ready for three days of savings with the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza! For three days only, you can get these deals:

15% off Ink pads and card stock in:

Neutrals Collection,

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2018-2020 In Colors,

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Take Additional 5% off the original 10% discount:

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Neutrals Classic Stampin' Pads Assortment,

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2018-2020 In Colors Classic Stampin' Pads Assortment

Don't miss out.  This sale ends 11:59 pm November 22.

Order online 24/7!

Or contact me by e mail: annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

Online ordering

 

Happy Stampin'!

Snow Globe Mercury Acetate and Blends Background

Mercury Acetate Bears

Have you seen the Mercury Glass Designer Acetate in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog?

I overlooked it a few times as it really isn't prominent in the samples.

But, it is really cool stuff!

I provides easy backgrounds that add that WOW factor!

So, what is it?

According to Wikipedia, "Mercury glass (or silvered glass) is glass that was blown double walled, then silvered between the layers with a liquid silvering solution, and sealed.  Although mercury was originally used to provide the reflective coating for mirrors, elemental mercury was never used to create tableware."

Stampin' Up! Mercury Glass Designer Acetate features a faux mercury glass look on translucent paper.

To get different effects, place it over different colored card stock. 

Or, you can also color the back of the paper using Blends like I did for this card. 

The color will show through the clear parts of the acetate. 

Since Blends are alcohol based, the ink will dry fairly quickly.

The possibilities are endless!

Just a note, there is a clear film covering the back side of the acetate that should be removed in order to get the full effect.

It is a little hard to get started.  I slightly bent one of the corners of the acetate, then used my Take Your Pick Tool to work the film free. 

Then, you can peel it away. 

I  peeled just enough away to cut my 4" x 3 1/4" piece needed for this card.  Then, I moved the film back over the rest of the sheet until I need it for another project.

The Designer Acetate comes in a pack of 4- 12" x 12" sheets, 2 each of 2 designs.

Fun!

Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Mercury glass designer acetate

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Cajun Craze

Stampin' Blends: Dark Daffodil Delight, Dark Calypso Coral, Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Towel Background-Winter Woods

Paper towel background winter woods

Recycle and reuse!

I always try to use the paper towels in my crafting that I've used to blot the color from Pigment Sprinkles, watercolor, or after cleaning stamps.

That was the case with this card.

I incorporated the paper towel I used to blot the Pigment Sprinkles from this Winter Woods card HERE.

I separated the plys, using 1 and saving the other for another creation.

I glued it to a piece of Whisper White card stock, then cut it down to the size I needed.

The trees were cut out of Early Espresso card stock using my Big Shot and In the Woods Die.

I added the Early Espresso landscape, also cut out using the In the Woods Die.

The greeting is from Itty Bitty Greetings stamped in Early Espresso ink using the Stamparatus.

In the Woods Dies

In the Woods Die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Mango Melody, Soft Suede, Early Espresso

Accessories: Pigment Sprinkles, paper towel, Big Shot, In the Woods Die, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Emboss Resist Winter Woods

Emboss resist winter woods

 

Embos resist pigment sprinkles

Winter Woods is one of my favorite stamp sets. 

This grove of trees is perfect for my setting in the mountains of southern Colorado.

For these cards I used the Emboss Resist Technique.

Stamp the image in Early Espresso and heat emboss using clear embossing powder.

Then, add color to the background.  The ink will resist where the image has been embossed.

For the first card, I sponged on Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, and Calypso Coral inks on Shimmery White card stock.

For the second card, I added Mango Melody Pigment Sprinkles.

I added Copper Foil landscape cut using the Big Shot and In the Woods Die.

The greeting comes Itty Bitty Greetings and was heat embossed with copper embossing powder.

Winter Woods

Winter Woods

Pigment Sprinkles

Pigment sprinkles

 

 

Paper Card 1: Very Vanilla, Pacific Point, Shimmery White, Copper Foil

Paper Card 2: So Saffron, Early Espresso, Shimmery White, Copper Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, In the Woods Die, sponge, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Incredible White Masking Winter Woods

Masking winter woods

Masking winter woods in blues and purples

I found this idea shared by Tina Wardell using a fluid masking product to mask the aspen trees found in Winter Woods, allowing you to add color behind the trunks without getting color on the trunks.

I thought it was such a cool idea that I immediately started searching for where I could purchase the product.

I found an Incredible White Masking kit at our local arts and crafts store in the watercolor painting supply aisle.

The kit comes with the instructions, fluid, brush and eraser.

I actually used a small paint brush I had in my stash, and I did not erase the masking fluid when everything was dry.

I found that the eraser also took some of the paper off with it.  By not erasing it, your project is left with a cool texture on the trunks.

I CASED Tina's design on the first card using Mango Melody with a touch of Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles. 

For the second card, I used Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, and Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles.

Here's how:

  1. Stamp tree trunks from Winter Woods onto watercolor paper using Stazon ink. Use the Stamparatus so you get a good stamped image. Place a post-it-note to mask the bottom of the stamped image, and move the Stamparatus up one notch.  Stamp to get taller trees.
  2. With a small paint brush, apply the Incredible White Mask over the stamped trunks. Set aside to dry for a few minutes.
  3. Sprinkle Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles over the watercolor paper. Spritz with water to activate the sprinkles.  Let them pool and run, soaking into the paper for a few seconds.  Dab with paper towel, and set aside to dry completely. The Incredible White Mask will mask the Sprinkles from coloring the stamped trees.
  4. Stamp the landscape from Winter Woods at the bottom of the trunks using Early Espresso ink. Stamp the tops of the tree image using Old Olive and Early Espresso inks.
  5. Attach to Basic Black mat.
  6. Stamp greeting from Itty Bitty Greetings onto Very Vanilla card base using Memento Black and the Stamparatus. Attach card front to base to complete.

Pigment Sprinkles

Pigment sprinkles

Winter Woods

Winter Woods

 

 

Card 1 Supplies:

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Stazon, Memento Black, Early Espresso, Old Olive

Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Incredible White Mask , post-it-note, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight Pigment Sprinkles, spritzer bottle with water, paint brush, Stamparatus

Card 2 Supplies

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Stazon, Memento Black,  Early Espresso, Old Olive

Paper: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, watercolor

Accessories: Incredible White Mask , post-it-note, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles, spritzer bottle with water, paint brush, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Brightly Gleaming Bundle-Sign Up to Receive my November Newsletter

Brightly gleaming sampler nov 2019

Brightly Gleaming Bundle

Deck the halls this year with the gorgeously detailed ornaments and other images found in the Christmas Ornaments stamp set.

Cut fun Christmas ornaments using the coordinating punches found in the Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack.

Make your projects shine with the beautiful copper-foil designs in the Gleaming Ornaments Specialty Designer Series Paper. 

Combine it all with the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder, copper foil accents, and ribbon and your holiday projects will truly sparkle!

Projects using items from this bundle will be featured in my November 2019 newsletter.

Just in time to get started on those holiday cards!

Want to learn more?

My November 2019 newsletter will hit e mail in boxes at 9:00 am (MST) on November 12, 2019.

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on November 12, 2019.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the easy sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you!

I hope to hear from you soon.

Thanks!

Anne

Brightly Gleaming Bundle

Brightly Gleaming Bundle

Happy Stampin'!

November News from Stampin' Up!

Happy November!

Here's what's new at Stampin' Up!

Christmastime Suite

Christmastime Suite

We hope you're ready to make this holiday season magical, because the Christmastime Is Here Suite is, well...here!  This exclusive, limited-time collection of festive, floral coordinating products has everything you need to share love, joy, and creativity this holiday season.

Products from the Christmastime Is Here Suite will be available while supplies last only.

Christmastime suite bundle#153947, $112.50

Items can also be purchased separately.

Christmastime productsFor more ideas, please watch the Christmastime Suite video:

Christmastime video Scrolly

The New Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer is Here!

Paper trimmer

Paper Trimmer, #152392, $25.00

-15-3/8 x 8 x 1/2"

-Includes 1 cutting blade and 1 scoring blade

(Cutting Blades Multipack will be available to purchase in January 2020.  Cutting Blades Multipack (contains 4 blades) will be $12.00)

-Includes imperial and metric measurements

-Ruler and grid protected by durable plastic cover.

-Point on cutting handle for precise measuring.

-Right-side grid for cutting thin strips.

ScrollyPlease let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great November!

Happy Stampin'!

Happy Halloween-Tangled Pumpkin

Tangled Pumpkin

Stamp Set: Good Greetings

Ink: Uni-Ball Deluxe Fine pen, Pumpkin Pie

Paper: Basic Black,Pumpkin Pie, Bristol Vellum

Tangle patterns: Beelight, Cheesecloth and Cadent

Pumpkin was drawn free hand.  Whew!  That was the toughest part of this project as I am terrible at drawing!  Had to surf the internet to get instructions on how to draw a pumpkin. 

Happy Stampin'!

Feels Like Frost 5 Minute Christmas Cards

Feels Like Frost 5 minute Christmas Card

5 minute Christmas Card

Just like I did with the 5 Minute Thank You Cards HERE, I let the pretty Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper do the heavy lifting with these quick and easy Christmas cards.

Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Feels Like Frost 6x6 DSP

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Still Scenes

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Rococco Rose (card 1), Night of Navy, Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Feels Like Frost 5 Minute Thank You Cards

5 minute thank you card

Feels Like Frost 5 minute thank you card

The Feels Like Frost Designer Paper is the go-to when you need quick thank you cards!

Add a greeting, and you're good to go in these truly 5 minute (or less!) card creations.

Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Feels Like Frost 6x6 DSP

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Butterfly Gala

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper:  Night of Navy (card 1), Pretty Purple Posy (card 2), Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Stamparatus

 

Happy Stampin'!