May 23, 2015

MISTI Stamping Tool

Today is the day. Today I try out my new MISTI. I bought it from My Sweet Petunia after seeing the videos on YouTube and hearing so much positive feedback about it.

I began by gathering my supplies...the MISTI, magnets, baby wipes, card stock, ink pads, mini daubers and my new stamp. I saw a YouTube video of someone using this exact stamp with the MISTI, so of course I had to have it.

I first used a light green ink for the stems and leaves. Once stamped on several cards, I repeated the process using a little darker green for the edges of the leaves. It was so satisfying to see the way it stamped right on top of the first image, giving just a shadow of a color. Once I was satisfied with the stems and leaves, I started on the flower petals. I used a light pink first, followed by another application of a darker pink closer to the center of the larger flower and on the edges of the top flower. Lastly I added a red color to the center of the large flower by using my new Fantastix coloring tool (mini daubers). These little daubers have both a brush tip and bullet tip, so they work great for dabbing on color in tiny areas.

I then stamped on the sentiment, my friend, in red. I made the card using a coral colored card stock to back the stamped piece then a blue decorative card to attach the layers to. I must say, this being my first time using the MISTI...I am impressed. It was also a lot of fun using different colored inks to add color then raising the lid and seeing the results.

Gentle Whisper Clear Mount Flower Stamp - Penny Black
my friend clear mount stamp - Stampin' Up!
SU Stampin' Spot - Rose Romance, Rose Red & Forest Green
Memento - Angel Pink & New Sprout Green
Fantastix Color Tool - Tsukineko ImagineCrafts

May 20, 2015

Polka Dot Blended Bloom

I just purchased a Stampin' Up! rubber stamp set titled Million & One. I love the script font of the two images, so had to have it to use on my cards. Today I embossed a few more Blended Bloom images, this time using red and white polka dot paper. I love the brightness of the blossom. Starting with a coral colored base card I made the card below, adding a layer of white dot embossed card stock under the images. Love it, love it!

May 12, 2015

Stampin' Up Blended Bloom & Butterflies

Today I decided to do a little outline stamping on decorative paper. I started with some pretty pink paper with decorative pale white flowers on it. I stamped a Blended Blossom image on it and embossed it using white embossing powder. The only color I added to the blossom (after heat embossing it) was a little yellow and chocolate chip (to the center). I cut it out and added it to a pink and green layered card I had made. I then punched out four butterflies and added them to the card, lifting the wings of the top butterfly for dimension. I added self adhesive tiny pearls to the body of the butterfly and then stamped heartfelt at the bottom.

Blended Blossom from Stampin' Up!
'Heartfelt' Sentiment from Stampin' Up!
Butterfly Punch - Martha Stewart
Self Adhesive Pearls - Recollections

April 22, 2015

Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge #537

I really enjoy all that the Splitcoast Stampers website has to offer...inspiration, tutorials, challenges and more. Today is a sketch challenge that I had to participate in. I had recently purchased some gorgeous card stock at our local art supply store, so wanted to create a card using some of the brown.

I began by making a 5-1/2" x 8" card base using the decorative brown card stock. On a tan strip I stamped NATURE is the ART of GOD Dante quotation. For the left image layer I attached branch die cuts and a redbird on another piece of decorative card stock. I really like this card.

Dante Quotation - Impression Obsession
Branch & Bird Die Cuts - Memory Box

April 21, 2015

Blended Blossom Tag Card

Happenstance...something that happens to me often. Saturday Billy and I went to a few community garage sales. It had been a rainy week and with more rain expected we didn't think there would be very many participating...but we had to see (it's an addiction). I'm always on the lookout for rubber stamps but found none, so I was a bit disappointed. However, at the third community we went to, I found some cute tag cards and also some interesting orange wedding invitations. I bought them all and today started putting them to use. I am so glad now that I bought them all. The green tag cards and the orange decorative invitations worked well together.

The bridal shower invites came with a little pocket and a card insert on which I printed the recipient's name and a little message. For the stamping part, I stamped a Stampin' Up! Blended Blossom with VersaMark ink on glossy card stock and used white embossing powder to emboss the outline. I then sponged on the colors and cut the flower out. I attached it to the front of the orange pocket then attached the decorative panel to the green tag card. I really like the way the card turned out.

February 11, 2015

Chinese Peony Birthday Card

I love the Stampin' Up! set, Oriental Gardens. I'm up late, so I decided to make a few cards using the Chinese Peony image from the set. I saw a pretty card on Sandi MacIver's website and just loved everything about it, so thought I'd try and make one. On a white A-2 card, I attached a blue card layer, then added a layer of white that I embossed with my new Anna Griffin cuttlebug folder. A piece of decorative card stock was added to the bottom with white ribbon across the center.

I used the Chinese Peony image and colored in the leaves. I then cut out another flower that had been stamped on pink card stock, and attached it to the image on the white card. I made a blue frame for the flower and attached it with pop dots. The framed flower was then attached to the card. I colored a separate leaf image and added it on top of the blue frame. I made a white bow and attached it to the corner of the blue frame and finished the card with three small pink pearls.