Trying a little something new - Altenew Stamps

I am a Stampin Up girl through and through but I couldn't help myself to try out some new stamp companies.  I have been resisting for years but have been seeing so many cute stamps and amazing projects.  So, I broke down and bought some non-SU stamps and dies.  

I recently bought some stamp sets from Altenew since they were having a pretty good sale.  I made my first card with the stamp set Beautiful Day and I have to say I am blown away!  The layering stamps give such realistic looks that I couldn't believe these were created with ink and stamps.  My husband came in while I was creating this card and asked how I made these flowers because he couldn't believe I had stamped them.  Just look at these flowers and leaves!

All the ink colors are SU inks. The dimension you get with these layers gives you endless possibilities.  I should have used my embossing buddy because specks of gold embossing powder got all over my sentiment but this was sentiment try #3.  I was trying to foil the sentiment and well, after several disaster attempts I just decided to emboss it.  I also embossed the bottom part of the card with the same gold embossing powder (wish you could see it better in the picture).

If I keep this up I'll need a bigger stamp room and I just upgraded!  Eeekk!  

Just in case you didn't know, the new occasions catalog will be coming out the beginning of January and WOWZA is it fantastic!!  You will not believe the amazing products SU has come out with this time.  

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Watercolor Struggles

Happy Monday friends!  I can't believe Thanksgiving is only a few days away.  We are hosting our first Thanksgiving as husband and wife so I have been a little more than nervous.  We spent the weekend prepping the house for all of our family and trying to unpack those last lingering boxes.  The weather has gotten cold so I think it must officially be winter.

I sat down last night at my stamp table to get some much needed creative time in and decided to practice my watercoloring skills.  Wow, talk about struggles.  I made several attempts to color the cheese stamp from the Stampin Up set Giggle Greetings.  My first attempt was going well until the red I was coloring the candle with spread all over my image....FAIL #1.  I didn't get discouraged and reminded myself that you have to be patient when watercoloring and let your image dry before moving onto the next part you want to color.  So I tried a new watercolor medium for my second attempt by using some watercolor markers.  FAIL #2 became very apparent as my cheese became a florescent color making it look like it had been treated with radioactivity.  

So I went back to old faithful and just colored the image with some blender pens.  I actually was happy with how the coloring turned out.  Simple and crisp color.

I paper pieced the candle to give the image some pizzazz.  This card can be classified as a CAS (Clean And Simple) card since it is a simple design with few embellishments.  This card is for one of my male friends so I had to resist the urge to add glitter or sequins.

So lesson for today is don't give up when you struggle with a technique.  Practice makes perfect so I'll  make sure to keep practicing my watercoloring.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

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Stampin Up Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes

Wow, why have I not used these quick and easy card bases before now?!?!  I wanted to make a quick card to send to my nephew at college just to say hi so I decided to pull out the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes since I have had an unopened pack sitting in my stash for months.  These are so fabulous and cards come together so quickly.  It also helps me to embrace the white space look that I struggle with.

I did use a retired die for the leaves since I don't have the new leaf thinlits that are in the holiday catalog.  I wanted a leaf background for that amazingly cute acorn.  I just love the Acorny Thank You stamp set and coordinating punch.  For the background I used the splotch stamp from You've Got This set.  

I loved how the leaf and acorn looked so much I am going to make a bunch to use at our Thanksgiving gathering since we are hosting our first one as husband and wife.  So exciting!

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

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I'm back with a birthday card for a friend

Hello all you strangers!  I am back to stamping and creating.  It is so exciting to be back and boy have I missed getting inky.  My new craft room/office/guest room is wonderful.  I have so much more space to store my supplies and to create projects.  

I am still getting settled but was able to get some stamping done this weekend as I needed to whip up a birthday card for a very dear friend.  I finally got to do some watercoloring with a new stamp set I had ordered a while ago - Remarkable You.  I love the images in this set and knew they would be perfect to watercolor.  

Excuse the messy background for the picture but like I mentioned I am still getting settled.  I need to set up my photograph light box so I can take better pictures.  The colors I used for this watercolor piece were Wild Wasabi and Mossy Meadow for the stem; then Watermelon Wonder and Hello Honey for the flower.  I added a wash of Tip Top Taupe to the background adding a lot of water so that you only get a hint of color.

I also colored some of the leaves that come in this stamp set and fussy cut them out.  I did not end up using them for this card so I'll have to come up with another card to use them on.  

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope to get back to regular posts and get a video taped this week to share.  

All moved in and a quick Christmas card to share

We finally finished moving into the new house this weekend.  I managed to get a lot of boxes unpacked, but none of those boxes included my crafting supplies.  My husband seemed to think unpacking the kitchen was more important than getting my craft room set up.  He must be crazy!  Things have been hectic trying to move, get the old place ready to rent, and we even had an out of town wedding to attend Saturday night.  We are both exhausted to say the least but there is still so much to do and so many boxes to unpack.  How does two people accumulate so much stuff?!?!?!

I ran across pictures of this quick and easy Christmas card I made a few weeks ago and thought I'd share it.  I really hate that I have not been able to share any videos or projects for a couple weeks now.  I am hoping to be back in business by next week....keep your fingers crossed for me! 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!