WT310 Silhouette

The Ways to Use It challenge on SplitCoast is all about Silhouette Stamping today. This is where your main image is solid and stamped in one color only (you can use an "open" image and color it in a solid color). This kind of stamping is really striking and has alot of WOW factor.

To make my card above, I brayered black ink on white cardstock on the top of the main panel, then stamped the tree from Nature Silhouettes. The deer was stamped next, then I filled in the edges with black ink. Then to really make my main panel visually pop, I heat embossed it about 5 times with clear embossing powder. The surface is now really glassy. I got alittle close with the heat gun during one of the layers, and it caused the ink or paper beneath to spread a golden brown color from the inked areas.... I thought it provided a very cool background effect! After the main panel cooled down, I matted a couple times on white and black cardstock, then popped it up on a So Saffron embossed panel using the Square Lattice embossing folder/BigShot.

Thanks to Kim for hosting this challenge once again. I hope that you have a great Thursday, and are able to come visit with me again soon...

Stamps: Nature Silhouettes
Paper: White, Black, So Saffron
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: brayer, heatgun, clear embossing powder, sponge dauber, striped ribbon, dimensional popdots, Square Lattice embossing folder/BigShot


SC320 CC310 for you...

Hello everyone! Today's card is a combination of Sketch Challenge #320 and Color Combination Challenge #310 on SplitCoast. The colors this week are So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, and Pacific Point. These summertime colors are so refreshing and coordinate very easily. This card actually uses stamps from 4 different stamps sets. I really like how many of the sets can blend together to really expand the usefulness. I inked the leftmost panel in Wild Wasabi ink, then sponged on Pacific Point ink on the flowers. After a few moments, the ink was dry and I colored in the flowers with a white gel pen. The middle panel was inked in So Saffron ink, with Wild Wasabi sponged on the very edges before stamping on paper. The stamp was cleaned before each use so that the Wild Wasabi green ink wouldn't contaminate the So Saffron yellow inkpad. I had stamped the polka dot label on scratch paper and cut out the oval circle so that I could use it as a mask to sponge in So Saffron ink on the label that was stamped for the card. The butterfly and label are raised with popdots.

I hope you have a great day and thank you for visiting with me!

Stamps: Baby Blossoms, Just Believe, Vintage Vogue, Great Friend
Paper: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, white gel pen
Accessories: sponge daubers, dimensional popdots, pearls


IC271 Pink Lemonade

Today's card reflects inspiration challenge #271 over on SplitCoast. This is where we can look through a website found by the challenge hostess, Stef, and find a picture for inspiration. I chose this picture called Pink Lemonade. I love pink lemonade in real life, so I think that's why the picture stuck out to me. I am having such a hard time getting my camera to capture light, soft colors like pink correctly, so I apologize for the poor quality photograph. I took a bunch of pictures under a variety of light conditions, and this one was the best that I could muster, even with the aide of Photoshop. I hope you can see the details well enough...

This stamp set is featured in the Occasions Mini Catalog and called Baby Blossoms. I love 2-step stamping, and there's a variety of different florals in the set. The lighter area of the rose was inked up in Pretty in Pink, stamped once on scratch paper, then stamped again on Whisper White. The darker area of the rose was stamped directly in Pretty in Pink ink without "stamping-off" first. The frame and roses are popped up with dimensional popdots, and the middle white panel has very light sponging done of the edges. The scrunchy ribbon is held in place with sticky strip.

Thanks to Stef for bringing a wonderful challenge today... I hope you have a great Saturday!!

Stamps: Baby Blossoms
Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, Bigshot, sticky strip, whisper white organza ribbon, dimensional popdots, sponge dauber


Altered Tin

This little altered Altoid Tin was created to hold my cardstock sampler panels. I prefer this over a keychain for my own use, and it also keeps the samples dust-free.... if you live in the dry, dusty desert - you may appreciate that!

My hostess club members made a similar one last year as one of their projects, and my sample for that class was given away... it felt great to finally sit down and make one just for me! I used a strip of the dotted paper from the beautiful Love Letter Designer Paper line for the bottom tin area... the very top panel was stamped using the clock from Sense of Time, and floral swirl from Vintage Vogue. This was distressed, stamped with the splatter stamp from the retired Itty Bitty Backgrounds collection, then dotted with a black pen. I added the seam binding and popped up a few small flowers from Vintage Vogue with dimensional popdots. Pearls add the final touch on the flowers.

Here's an open view of my altered tin. Thank you for visiting today... as always, comments are very welcomed and appreciated - please come back soon!

Stamps: Sense of Time, Vintage Vogue, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (splatter stamp - retired)
Paper: Basic Black, Vanilla, Love Letter DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, black marker
Accessories: Crumb Cake seam binding, pearls, dimensional popdots, sponge dauber, cutter kit, sanding block, sticky strip, altoid tin


Birthday Bling

I came home from work and jumped right into today's "Ways to Use It" challenge #309 over on SplitCoastStampers - it is all about birthdays! We go through birthday cards rather quickly here in my household... in fact, when my oldest son saw that I was making a birthday card this morning, he chirped up and said a good friend's birthday is today and needed one... see what I mean!?! :)

As you can see, the layout is pretty straightforward. The designer papers come from the SAB offering called "Icecream Parlor" - YUM is all I can say! The stamped image comes from the Level 1 Hostess Set, Birthday Bakery, and is simply colored in with SU markers. My final touches are the lots and lots of Rhinestone Jewel goodness scattered around - it's so hard to capture the sparkle in the picture, but I'm sure you can imagine how the bling catches the light.

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Stamps: Birthday Bakery
Paper: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Vanilla, Icecream Parlor DSP
Ink: Basic Black, various SU markers for coloring
Accessories: Dimensional Popdots, SU rhinestone jewels


Color & Sketch Challenge Combo

How fun to play in challenges today! My card submission is a combination of two challenges on SplitCoastStampers - Karen's color challenge # 309, and Roxie's sketch challenge # 319. The color challenge was to incorporate Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze and Daffodil Delight.

I used post-it notes to protect the lower area of my bottom background panel before stamping the floral image in black ink. All images are waterclored using SU markers. The bird was heat embossed with Versamark/clear embossing powder, then popped up with dimensional popdots. The edges of my bottom background layer have some sponging done to it.

It's been too long since I last posted - my sincere apologies. I pledge to be better and post regularly again.... there's no denying that I do miss it, so I'll see you again soon. Thanks for visiting today - have a blessed and happy day!

Stamps: Nature Walk
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Vanilla
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark, SU markers for coloring/watercoloring
Accessories: post-it notes, eyelet border punch, aquapainter, sponge dauber, heatgun, clear embossing powder, Daffodil Delight Ribbon
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