Happy Anniversary Card using Something Lacy

I have been holding myself back from using the Something Lacy background stamp for every project, I just love the way this stamp looks.  I decided to see how I liked it heat embossed on vellum.  I started coloring in between the raised  design of the stamp but when I flipped it over, the color was not showing through as much as I had hoped.  I decided I actually like how it looked when I colored directly onto the embossed parts.  It still gave it a soft look, but the colors were more vibrant this way.

This sweet card is on it's way to some friends in New Mexico who are celebrating 3 years together already!  It feels like yesterday when we were dancing at their wedding.  

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Mojo Monday Challenge 388

Oops, I hate when I forget or don't realize it's someone's birthday.  I needed to whip up a quick birthday card to send to my future brother-in-law whose birthday was last week.  I used the Mojo Monday card challenge for my inspiration.  

I didn't have a star punch or the new star framelits, so instead I substituted a cupcake using the cupcake punch.  I love the pattern on the Best Year Ever DSP that you can get for free during Sale-a-bration with a qualifying $50 purchase.  

Hope you had a great weekend!  Thanks for popping in and Happy Birthday!

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Owl pillow box with matching card

I ran across this cute owl pillow box on Pinterest from Lynn at The Queen's Scene and knew I had to recreate it for my finance's niece's birthday.  She just LOVES owls so I wanted to create this pillow box and also a matching card.

For the pillow box I used the retired pillow box die to cut out the box in crumb cake.  I used some retired DSP to create the owl's chest piece.  I used various circle, oval, small heart, and flower punches to finish the rest of the pieces.  I just loved how this little guy turned out.  I tucked away a pair of owl stud earrings I picked up online inside the box.

For the card, I used the Celebrate Today with the corresponding Balloon Framelit Dies to create this cute card.  I used retired embossing folders to create the clouds and grass backgrounds.  I used the owl punch to create the little owl holding the balloons.  So cute!

Be sure to use sticky strip for the owl box because it needs some strong adhesive, even for the DSP strips that make his chest.  I tried using snail and it just wasn't strong enough.

I have a feeling I'll be making more of these cute little owl boxes.  I just love them!  

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Irresistibly Yours DSP technique using background stamp

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  We are finally going to have a beautiful sunny day with warmer temperatures.  I can't believe I think the 50s is warm but after the last few weeks, I'll take anything above 40 degrees at this point.

Today I wanted to share a technique I saw on a YouTube video (Stamping School) using the Irresistibly Yours DSP that you can get for free with a $50 purchase.  The technique is to stamp a background image in memento black ink onto the DSP to create a background behind the embossed image already on the paper.  I used the Something Lacy background stamp from the Occasions Catalog.  After stamping the background stamp with memento ink on your piece of DSP, wipe off the excess ink from the paper to reveal the embossed image already on the DSP.  Once all the excess ink has been wiped off you'll be ready to move on to the next step.  You will then use a brayer to roll the ink color of your choosing over the entire piece of DSP to color the rest of the paper.  I used the pool party ink color for the last step.  By using a brayer, you cover any remaining parts of the DSP with color.  Be sure to wipe off the excess ink once more to get your final product.  I really love the way this looks.

Here is a close up of the paper.  You can see the something lacy background in black and the rest of the paper colored in the pool party.

Thanks for popping in and have a great weekend.  I hope to get some stamping done but also take advantage of the nice weather.

Happy Stamping!!

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Handcarved DSP for Mojo Monday 387

Inspiration for cards can come from some of the most unlikely places.  My inspiration for this week's Mojo Monday Challenge came from a bedspread I saw on none other than MTV's show The Real World - Skeletons. (I can't believe I am admitting I watch that show)  I have been wanting to order the Handcarved background stamp for a while because I saw some potential for quick cards using this stamp.  However the moment I saw the design and colors in the bedspread below, I quickly placed my order for the stamp.  

So for my card, I inked up the background stamp with the crumb cake stamp pad then used my stampin' write marker in island indigo to color various pieces of the design.  I then stamped it onto a piece of whisper white cardstock to create my own DSP.  I love how it turned out, do you?  I added some pearls colored with crumb cake blendabilities to create custom colored embellishments.

I am trying to find better light to take pictures of my projects.  I am using my iPhone to take the pictures and am wondering if I'd get better color breaking out my SLR camera.  I'll have to do some experimenting.

Thanks for reading and Happy Stamping!

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