Mojo Monday 458 & Pals Paper Arts 311 Bella and Friends

Happy Sunday stampers!  It is Sunday Funday and I have a card to share with you that is for two online card challenges.  I was struggling with my creative juices and made one card that was a flop so I was in a stamping funk.  When I usually lose my creative mojo, I go out to the online card challenges for all kinds of inspiration.  This time I selected two challenges to get those creative juices flowing.  I created a card for Mojo Monday 458 sketch challenge AND Pals Paper Arts color challenge 311.  Playing along with both challenges got me my card layout and my color scheme!  Whew, creative juices were back flowing.  

I have been wanting to create a card with the Bella and Friends stamp set because the little dog images in this set are so stinking adorable.  I needed to create a card for my neighbor who had to suddenly put his dog down and thought this stamp set would be perfect.  I started with an A2 top folding card base made from thick whisper white and layered a smaller piece of smoky slate onto the front following along with the sketch design.  For the designer series paper I wanted to pull in the marina mist color in the PPA challenge so I had to do some serious digging in my DSP stash to find paper that would work.  I cut down that layer and added it to the card front as well.  

I decided I wanted to watercolor the image from the stamp set so I got a piece of watercolor paper and stamped the image using Archival Basic Black ink.  This ink gives a crisp stamped image and is waterproof so perfect for watercoloring.  I also stamped the bird on a scrap piece of watercolor paper as I knew I would be fussy cutting him out and adhering him with dimensionals.  I watercolored the image using marina mist, pink pirouette, and smoky slate.  I used an aqua painter to lay down the color and then added a wash of marina mist around the entire image to give the appearance of sky.  I cut down the watercolor piece leaving the ballon string and fussy cut the ballon out so it popped from the image.  I stamped the balloon onto a scrap of pink pirouette and fussy cut the balloon out before adhering to the watercolor image with dimensionals. 

I cut out two banners from marina mist and pink pirouette cardstock and embossed them both using the Happy Heart embossing folder.  I stamped the sending hugs sentiment from Feather Together making sure to admit the 'and' part of the sentiment using Archival Basic Black ink onto a piece of vellum.  I cut out the vellum piece to make a small banner.  I adhered the watercolor piece and the banners to the front of the card and that finished it off.

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Detailed Floral Thinlits and Affectionately Yours DSP Peek-a-Boo Layer Card

Happy Hump Day!  I have been seeing lots of cards using this technique but I wasn't sure exactly the official name for it.  I am calling it Peek-a-Boo Layer Card where you have DSP peeking through layers of other cardstock.  For my card I decided to have the floral detail from the gorgeous Detailed Floral Thinlits be my peek-a-boo focus.

I started with a piece of the blue floral patterned paper from the Affectionately Yours DSP and cut that to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8.  I used my paper trimmer to cut a piece out diagonally across the DSP starting at one corner and increasing the angle to cut out the size I wanted.  There really is no measurements for this technique as each card will come out differently depending on how big or small diagonal piece you cut from your first layer of cardstock or DSP.  

I then cut out a piece of night of navy cardstock (cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) using the larger floral die from the Detailed Floral Thinlits.  I did not use the additional edge piece as I did not want to cut this out completely from the cardstock but instead have the floral die intact within the piece of night of navy.  Does that make sense?  I then cut down this piece starting at the solid corner and cut it to line up perfectly between my pieces of DSP.  

I then took a couple of strips of whisper white and applied Versamark ink over the entire strip.  I then heat embossed the strips with the new gorgeous copper embossing powder.  This stuff is so so gorgeous!  I then added those strips to each side of the DSP that was going to be my inside peek-a-boo window framing the floral die cut.  It took some time to piece all this together to be honest.  It was a challenge to get each piece in the exact place to maintain an even card front.  I used some post it notes to hold certain pieces in place while I figured out other strips.  I wish I had more detailed instructions on how I pieced it all together but honestly, it was trial and error just adjusting them until I got perfect placement.

I then adhered the entire peek-a-boo panel onto an A2 landscape folding card base made from crumb cake using foam adhesive for some added dimension.  I then stamped a few of the flowers from the Love & Affection stamp set with Versamark ink onto some vellum and heat embossed those with some more of that copper embossing powder.  I stamped the hello sentiment from the Banners For You stamp set onto some night of navy and again used the copper embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment.  I added those element to the top of my diagonal focal point and that finished the card.

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Foxy Friends Frame Card

Hi there stampers!  For today's card I finally got to play with the new Foxy Friends stamp set from the new annual catalog.  I immediately fell in love with this whole suite when I saw it in the catalog but haven't gotten around to making something with the stamps.  I did the whole Critter Mania video series featuring the new fox builder punch but had not yet used the coordinating stamp set.  Well I am in love!  The stamps in this set are just adorable!

I started with an A2 top folding card base made from thick whisper white cardstock that I layered a piece of mint macaron and retired In Color envelope paper onto the front decreasing the layer by 1/8 inch for each piece.  I then used the layering square framelits to cut out the window in the front of the card.  I cut out the larger scallop square out of some mint macron and then used the same square that I used for the window to make a frame by cutting out the center of the mint macron piece.  I adhered the frame around the window and added the stamped heart though bubble from the Foxy Friends stamp set that I stamped onto some whisper white with watermelon wonder ink.  I then stamped the nut from the stamp set Acorny Thank You with island indigo ink onto some whisper white and cut that out using the coordinating acorn punch.  I added some wink of stella to give the nut extra bling.  I  then added a strip of watermelon wonder cardstock across the bottom and adhered the nut with dimensionals.

The inside of the card is where I created my squirrel scene that peeks out of the frame on the front of the card.  I adhered a piece of the wood pattern retired DSP called Into the Woods and then added a piece of pool party cardstock on top.  I stamped the wood stump in soft suede, the mushrooms in watermelon wonder, and the squirrel in smoky slate.  I used the coordinating Fox Builder punch to cut out the squirrel and fussy cut the rest of the images.  I then adhered them onto the pool party piece with dimensionals.  I added a grassy hill made from some retired In Color DSP to the bottom of the scene that I cut out using the circle framelits to give the DSP a hill shape.  I stamped the sentiment from the Acorny Thank You stamp set on the bottom with Archival Basic Black ink and heat set with clear embossing powder.

This card is making it's way across the Atlantic Ocean to a friend in the UK.  She loves squirrels so I thought this little critter would be perfect to send!

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July 2016 Stampin Up Paper Pumpkin

Hi there stampers!  Last week I received my July 2016 Paper Pumpkin and just had the opportunity to open it up and see what this month's project is.  I decided to do an "unboxing" video to show you the kit for the month and how to make the project inside.  
If you are asking "What the heck is Paper Pumpkin?", well let me tell you!  It's a monthly subscription that sends a box full of creativity to your mailbox every month.  Inside each box you'll find all the stamps, ink, and paper you need to create the project for that month.  Everything is precut and ready to go including detailed instructions.  It's a great way to craft on the go because you can take the box with you to a coffee shop or your kid's sport practice.  

**Spoiler Alert**  

This month's kit is a 3-D project that contains 8 gem shaped treat boxes with tags and tassels you make out of thick baker's twine.  The stampin spot is one of our new In Colors - Emerald Envy!  WEEE, I love that color so I was excited to get a stampin spot to go with my full size ink pad and stampin write marker.  The photopolymer stamp set that comes in the kit is super cute and I can't wait to use it on some cards.  

To see the kit and how to create the boxes, watch my video on my YouTube Channel in HD HERE, or watch below:

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Always An Adventure Slider Card

Hi there stampers!  For today's card I made another interactive slider card using the Always an Adventure bundle from Stampin Up!  I made a similar card for my dad for Father's Day so decided to make this card again for another special gentleman.  I put out an offer on my personal Facebook page to send anyone that needed a card for any reason to their mailbox or to a mailbox of someone they knew that needed a smile.  I had a friend reach out to me to send a card to a young man who was going in for his third round of intense chemo treatment for cancer.  He is only 12 years old and will be in the hospital for three weeks getting treatment and his family wanted him to be flooded with cards.  So I happily couldn't wait to get a card created for this young man.
This age group can be a tough one to make cards for.  Boys do not like girly decorations or glitter so I figured this slider card would be perfect.  It is outdoorsy but also fun with the slider element.   I created a top folding A2 card base from some thick whisper white cardstock and cut a piece of pool party cardstock to layer on top of the card base.  I then cut out the mountains from a piece of crumb cake cardstock and the mountain die fits perfectly across a standard card front on the shorter side - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  
I cut the mountain snow tops out of some whisper white cardstock and adhered those to the tops of the mountains using some Range Multi Medium Matte.  I then grabbed two pieces of mossy meadow cardstock and used my grid mat to line the tree hilltop die straight to cut across both pieces of the mossy meadow.  I off set the die on one piece so that the trees did not line up perfectly and just moved the die along the top piece of the cardstock to get the cut out across the entire top edge.  

I adhered the first mossy meadow tree line piece to the mountain scene so that I could figure out where I wanted the slider piece to be.  I put two layers of foam adhesive on the back of the slider piece making sure to not put the adhesive too close the slider window so that the bear was free to slide back and forth.  For the bear, I stamped him in soft suede on some whisper white and cut him out using the coordinating die.  I then cut out a small square of the same double layered foam adhesive and added that on the back of the bear and slid the foam adhesive square through the slider window and adhered them to a button.  This creates the slider piece so that the button and bear cut out sandwich the foam adhesive square that run along the slider window.  Boy I hope that makes sense.  

I then adhered the slider piece onto the card front making sure to line up the tree on the edge of the card.  I then stamped the hot air balloon in some hello honey ink and cut that out using the matching die.  I used the cloud dies from that same framelit set to cut out two clouds that I sponged with some lost lagoon ink and adhered to the card using foam adhesive.  I added the sentiment cut from some hello honey cardstock and layered with fun foam to the bottom of the slider piece.  And that finished the card. 

For more detailed instructions, you can watch my video in HD on my YouTube channel HERE, or watch below:

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Kissing Fish Hello Card With Jars of Love

Hi there stampers!  Today's card features the adorable Jars of Love bundle and the cute goldfish that comes in the stamp set.  This is a photopolymer stamp set with coordinating dies that cut out all the images in the stamp set.  All the cute mason jars in this set give you tons of options for all kinds of cards.

I started the card by stamping the largest mason jar in versafine black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder onto some whisper white cardstock.  I wanted to create the look of goldfish inside the jar but wanted them to be kissing.  You only get one fish in the stamp set so I decided to try the mirror image technique to stamp the fish in the opposite direction to get them into kissing position.  It is super hard to describe so perhaps I'll make a video this week to share how I did this technique.  Once you see it in a video, it makes a lot more sense how I did it.  So be on the lookout for that to come!

I stamped the two goldfish in tangelo twist ink and then stamped the heart in watermelon wonder.  I then used an aqua painter to create the water inside the jar using some pool party ink.  If you use are careful with the amount of water you use, you can add color to whisper white cardstock with an aqua painter or paint brush.  It did not tear or make the paper pill during this process.  I added some wink of stella to the heart and then covered the entire jar with Versamark ink and then heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder.  This gave the look of glass and I like how it deepened the colors.  I stamped the jar lid with some Archival Basic Gray ink and heat set this with clear embossing powder as well.  I then cut the jar out with the coordinating die.

After cutting out the jar, I popped this up on a piece of vellum using dimensionals and then adhered the vellum onto a piece of emerald envy cardstock cut slightly larger than the vellum.  The stitching around the vellum was done by using one of the rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn.  I love how the faux stitching looks on projects using those dies.

To create the striped background, I used the new Diagonal Striped background stamp and stamped this in emerald envy ink onto a piece of whisper white.  This was then layered onto a landscaped folding A2 card base made from thick whisper white.  I then adhered the jar piece to the card front in the middle of the card and finished it off with some white enamel dots and rhinestones.  I stamped the hello sentiment from the Jars of Love stamp set using emerald envy ink onto some whisper white and fussy cut it out.  This was adhered using dimensionals.

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Detailed Floral Thank You Card

Happy Hump Day!  I have a super simple but stunning card to share with you today.  I used the new Floral Phrases bundle from the 2016-2017 Stampin Up Annual Catalog.  This bundle has the most elegant stamps and dies that create a huge wow factor.  

I started with a piece of night of navy cardstock cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and cut both floral dies from the Detailed Floral Thinlit set and used the edge piece to cut them completely out of the cardstock.  After cutting each floral image out, I trimmed down the three edges to give about 1/8 inch border to allow me to layer onto the whisper white piece with still having some of that white peeking out from the sides.  I layered the floral die cuts onto the whisper white piece that was cut to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 which provide a thin border of white around those floral die cuts.  

I stamped the sentiment from the coordinating stamp set Floral Phrases in Versamark ink and heat embossed using the new copper embossing powder.  I love the look of copper with night of navy and love how this color combo turned out.  After heat embossing the sentiment, I glued the entire whisper white piece onto an A2 top folding card base made from more night of navy cardstock.  And that finished the card!  Super easy card to put together but the results are stunning.  This would make a gorgeous wedding card as well if you changed the sentiment.  I can't believe it took me this long to play with this new bundle. 

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Best Birds Thinking of You Card with Distress Inks + Gold Embossing

Hi there stampers!  Today's card features the new bundle set called Best Birds.  This bundle has a photopolymer stamp set called Best Birds and coordinating thinlits called Birds & Blooms.  Both are just lovely!  I love that there is a die for every image in the stamp set to make cutting out the images super easy.  The font of the sentiments are gorgeous!

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and used the ink smooshing technique to apply three colors of distress inks to the background.  If you aren't familiar with this technique, it is fairly simple to do.  You take a piece of acetate and smoosh your ink pad onto the acetate and then spritz with water.  You then smoosh the acetate with the watered down ink onto watercolor paper.  By applying ink this way you have more control over where the ink goes and how much it blends between colors as opposed to  using a paintbrush to drop in color. 

After applying several layers of the colors, I added some water and ink splatters to the background.  I then stamped the bird and branch image onto some scrap watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat set the images with gold embossing powder.  I then used the same colors of distress inks to color in the bird and used some brown and green tones for the branch.  I used the coordinating thinlit dies to cut both images out.

I stamped the sentiment in Archival Basic Black ink from Stampin Up using my MISTI so I could stamp several times to get a crisp result.  I then made an A2 landscape folding card base from watermelon wonder cardstock.  I used the Diagonal Stripe background stamp from Stampin Up to stamp the striped pattern onto the watermelon wonder card base in watermelon wonder ink.  I then added the watercolor piece onto the card front with some foam adhesive.  For a final touch I added a few sequins from Simon Says Stamp.

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Creating Stamps from Die Cuts

Happy Monday Stampers!  For today's blog post, I have not only a card but also a video showing you had to use your die cuts to create stamps.  There are so many dies out there with tons of options - Framelits, Thinlits, Bigz dies, etc.  Dies can be a bit expensive so finding new ways to use your dies really makes them more cost effective.  This technique is super easy you'll be surprised you haven't been doing this all along with your dies.

For the examples I am showing you today we are using the framelit set called May Flowers that is in the new 2016-2017 Stampin Up Annual Catalog.  As you can see from the picture above, I created a beautiful background using whisper white craft ink along with the dies from the framelit set.  So to create our "stamps" you will need your dies and a piece of fun foam (also called craft foam).  You can purchase fun foam from your local craft store and it is fairly inexpensive and it comes in all kinds of colors.  I have a package of fun foam in white and you have also seen me use this stuff as dimension on projects.  

Using the dies you have selected, you will cut out the images from the fun foam using your die cutting machine.  I use my Big Shot for all my die cutting techniques and the sandwich used to the cut the fun foam is the same as cutting cardstock.  Fun foam actually cuts quite nicely with dies so you get clean, crisp image.  I cut out the flower and leave image and then removed all the extra bits that were stuck after cutting.  Now we have our "stamps" but you'll want to mount them to make it easier to use with inks.  I apply a little bit of Snail adhesive to the back of the foam die cut and place on a clear acrylic block.  Don't worry about getting Snail on your blocks as I found it cleans off easily using Dawn liquid soap and a dish sponge. 

Once you have your foam die cuts mounted to clear blocks, you are ready to get to stamping!  How easy is that?!?!  I used whisper white craft ink to stamp my background onto a piece of crumb cake cardstock.  I stamped the flower and leaf in a random pattern all over the crumb cake piece.  I then used the small flower from the stamp set Falling Flowers to fill in any open spaces.  

When using pigment inks like the craft ink you will need to heat set the images or set aside to dry.  Pigment inks stay wet longer so if you don't have time to let it air dry just hit it with you heat tool for a few minutes.  After I dried the piece with my heat tool, I then cut it down to 4 x 5 1/4.  I made an A2 top folding card base from thick whisper white and cut a piece of blushing bride to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8.  

I used my grid mat to line up a 1.5 inch strip of vellum to the front of the card and adhered the vellum to the backside of the crumb cake piece to hide the adhesive.  I then glued this to the blushing bride using some multipurpose glue and then glued that piece onto the card base.  I cut out the heart image using the thinlit set called Sunshine Wishes in some silver glimmer paper.  I cut out the sentiment using that same thinlit set in blushing bride.  I then adhered both die cuts to the front of that card and that finished the card.

You can watch a video on how to make this card including how to make the stamps from die cuts on my YouTube channel HERE, or below:

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Stampin Up Feather Together Heat Emboss Resist Watercolor Card Using Distress Inks + FineTec Artist Gold

Hi there stampers!  I am finally back from a quick break over the July 4th holiday and have been in the stamp room.  Today I have a watercolor card using some fun products along with a video showing you how I created the card.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 that I treated with an embossing buddy.  I then stamped the feather image from the stamp set Feather Together in Versamark ink randomly on the watercolor paper.  I then heat set the images using white embossing powder and my heat tool.  

Once the watercolor paper had cooled down, I coated the entire piece with clean clear water using a flat paintbrush.  I smooshed two distress inks (peacock feathers and shaded lilac) onto my homemade palette made from a piece of white cardstock that I laminated.  I used a size 8 paintbrush to apply a light wash of both colors using a generous amount of water to allow the colors to mix.  I dried the piece with my heat tool and applied more color using the same method.  I did this several times until I got the intensity of color I was looking for.  I then added some splatters of clean clear water and picked the splatters up with a paper towel.  Distress inks react beautifully to water so by adding the water splatters and allowing them to react with the inks before absorbing the water with a paper towel, this leaves a really nice effect on the finished product. 

I then added some additional splatters using the distress inks.  I wanted to add some pops of gold on the card so I got out my FineTec Artist Gold watercolors and added some ink splatters of the gold to the background.  I then painted a scrap piece of watercolor paper using the same gold watercolor.  I applied the color, dried it with my heat tool, and then reapplied color until I got the deep gold color.  

I used the painted hello die from Simon Says Stamp to cut out the sentiment from the scrap piece of watercolor paper I colored gold.  I also cut out two additional hello die cuts from some whisper white cardstock and glued all the die cuts together to give the sentiment some weight. 

I created an A2 top folding card base from some thick whisper white cardstock and cut down the watercolor panel about 1/4 inch on each side.  I applied the gold striped washi tape to the left side of the card base leaving some of the white cardstock showing then adhered the watercolor panel to the card front.  I used fun foam on the watercolor panel to give the piece even dimension across the card.

I then stamped the feather image onto a piece of vellum using Versamark ink and heat embossed the images in white embossing powder.  I fussy cut the feathers out of the vellum and applied strips of foam adhesive on the back.  I added another piece of gold washi tape to the front of the card and then added some gold thread over the washi tape.  I then adhered the feathers and the hello sentiment to the front.  

To see how to make this card, you can watch the video in HD on my YouTube channel HERE, or watch below:

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Happy Friday stampers!  I can't believe we are already on video #4 in my Critter Mania video series.  I had so much fun doing this video series, I think I'll have to do more like it. 
 If you are just tuning, you are probably wondering what is Critter Mania?!?!  Well, let me explain.  I put together a series of six videos showing you how to create a different critter using the Fox Builder Punch from the new Stampin Up 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  So far I have released the videos showing you how to make the fox, panda, and raccoon.  You can make so many fun critters using this punch. 

Today's critter video features the adorable skunk and he is stinking cute!  Get it??  Stinking cute!  HAHAHA!  

You can watch the video in HD on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:

If you have missed any of the previous videos, you can watch them on my YouTube channel.  Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any of my videos!  I love subscribers and comments.  :)

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