Wednesday, April 28, 2021
I hope to see you playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!
Stamps: Catherine Pooler Lovely Birdies, The Ton Easy Expressions
Dies: Catherine Pooler Lovely Birdies, The Ton Easy Expressions, Stampin' Up Layering Circles Framelits dies, Reverse Confetti Along the Dotted Lines
Paper: Taylored Expressions Pineapple and Sprinkles, Doodlebug Designs Gingham-Linen Rainbow Petite Prints 6x6
Ink: Taylored Expressions Salt Water Taffy, Sprinkles, Granny Apple Green
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Starry Sky Jewels Mix
Friday, April 23, 2021
I just picked up Stampin' Up's Butterfly Beauty dies - they are retiring and on sale. I don't know why I waited so long. The main die that I'm using on this card is stunning and there are many, many other smaller butterflies. It's a great set.
The colors at The Color Throwdown were definitely butterfly-ish! Not so much the colors in their graphic, but they list the colors as red, orange, yellow and kraft so perfect for my classic butterfly. I brushed red ink, a few oranges and yellows in a circular pattern, then cut the background butterflies. I topped it with white. I knew I was going to put it on kraft, but needed a little something extra. I was looking for inspiration - browsing my stash and browsing various challenges. When I saw the sketch at As You See It, inspiration struck and I used an embossing folder to give me a border. Thanks to both challenges for the inspiration!!
Stamps: Stampin' Up Four You (sentiment)
Dies: Stampin' Up Butterfly Beauty, The Greetery Sentiment Suite: Basics
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Mango Melody, Crumb Cake
Ink: Stampin' Up Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight
Other: Taylroed Expressions Garden Party Embossing Folder, Pretty Pink Posh Glossy Black gems
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
I do enjoy making slimlines. It's a different thought process but its such a unique look when it's done. I settled pretty quickly on the sentiment die with a bright pattern behind it. The sentiment die is cut twice and the deep blue is offset slightly under the white to give it a shadow.
The rest of the card took me a bit longer. I tried for quite a while to add a second patterned paper for the bottom stripe. I gave up on that briefly while I figured out what to do to fill in the top part of the card. I saw the balloons and the light bulb came on - they worked at the top and the bottom!
The kraft panel is cut with Trinity Stamps Slimline Modern Embossed Frame Panels. That might be my most used slimline die and it's just a giant rectangle. I love the finished edges. I'm not sure a recipient would even notice but to me it's a clean and elegant finished look. For some reason, I don't have the same type of regular card-sized dies in my stash. I'm going to have to go shopping!
I hope to see you playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.
Dies: Concord & 9th Perfect Pairings Birthday Dies, Tiny Type Tagalong dies (the balloon), Trinity Stamps Slimline Modern Embossed Frame Panels
Paper: Stampin' Up Artistry in Bloom, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana
Other: Miscellaneous Enamel dots
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
I'm on the Poppystamps blog today using dies from their brand new release that includes 37 dies and 2 stamp sets (and gems!) The release is called Whittle Wonders and includes so many new categories of whittles - including sealife and farm animals and even an avocado plus so much more! I've used the Whittle Cactus, the Whittle Lizard (which I'm calling a Newt because I love that new sentiment), and the Whittle Sunshine.
Stamps: Poppystamps Whittle Wild Animal Sentiments
Dies: Poppystamps Whittle Cactus Trio, Lizard and Sunshine
Paper: Memory Box Cardstock in Lush Green, Sunny Orange, Fresh Aqua
Other: Memory Box Waves 3D Embossing Folder
Monday, April 19, 2021
I have updated the Copic Color Match chart the new 2021-2023 In Colors from Stampin' Up. Click the image to download or print the chart or on a desktop (or desktop view on mobile) it is always on the sidebar. If you print it on the cardstock that you use for cards, you can color in the squares and have an easy reference each time you color an image!
All the newer greens including Mint Macaron in the main colors, Just Jade last year and this year's Soft Succulent have gotten very hard to match. There is definitely not a single color that matches well and I don't even love the blended matches. They are from a color family that Copic just doesn't do. Personally, I'm going to be adding those Stampin' Blends to my collection.
I am not affiliated with Stampin' Up in any way. I do these charts for my personal use.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
I was thrilled to find a die in my stash with multiple different butterflies of the same approximate size. Some of them had pierced detail so I was equally thrilled to find a banner for my sentiment with pierced. So when I decided I needed something instead of plain white in the background - but it couldn't have much detail - lo and behold, I just got the Altenew Cross Stitch background which gave me the same pierced look. It was a happy day!
I hope to see you playing along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.
Stamps: The Greetery Sentiment Suite Birthdays
Dies: Penny Black Flights of Fancy, Altenew Cross Stitch, The Greetery Sentiment Suites Basics
This sentiment just seemed right for right now. The people that I've sent cards to for the last year are finally getting vaccinated and spending a bit more time outside of their homes. It's definitely not all normal so I will keep sending cards - but there are definitely "brighter days ahead"!
I hope to see you playing along with us this week at The Card Concept.
Stamps: Ink to Paper Brighter Days
Ink: Taylored Expressions Lavender Glaze, Stampin' Up Highland Heather and Mint Macaron
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Highland Heather
Dies: Ink to Paper Brighter Days, My Favorite Things Homespun Stitch Lines
Other: Stampin' Up Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Trinity Stamps Rainbow Reflection Rhinestone Mix
NOTE: Taylored Expressions carries envelopes for this size card
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
In my area of the country, we recently had a record-setting blizzard - but then we had record-setting heat! My indoor cats were thrilled with the open windows and ran from room to room watching birds and squirrels. They spent quite a bit of time at the front door watching the birds on the porch light until I realized I should shoo the birds away before they decided it was a good place for a nest (although my cats would have loved it!)
I was inspired by their antics and I'm up on the Poppystamps blog with full details and more pictures of the card that I created.
Stamps: Poppystamps Whittle Love
Dies: Poppystamps Grand Madison Window, Swaying Birch, Whittle Cat, Chirping Birds, Colwell Label Set, Fern and Daisy Pop Up Easel Set
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Dies: Poppystamps Lattice Plate, Luscious Script Hugs, Intricate Cut Butterflies
Paper: Memory Box cardstock collections in Ocean Blue (the lavender), Fresh Aqua, Lush Green, Sunny Orange (the orange and yellow), Berry Red; Memory Box Springtime Bouquet Stripes and Dots
I have a basket of not-yet-used dies, then I have all of my other dies in neatly organized binders on magnetic sheets, but then there's the messy pile of dies that I have used but not yet put into the organized binders. I decided to get that done this week. It was amazing, partly because my craft room looks fresher and cleaner - but also because I saw many long forgotten dies that I just had to use. Today's card uses a couple of those - the rainbow and the butterflies.
I popped the middle strip of the rainbow with a double layer of foam tape, then the next two on a single layer. Happily this gave me a fun way to do the sentiment - it's one of the pre-printed Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips and if fit just perfectly from the edge to the yellow stripe.
This was a fun card to make and I'm still sending cards and "smiles" to many people so it will definitely get used. I hope to see you playing along with us this week at Freshly Made Sketches.
Dies: Papertrey Ink Rainbow Stripes, Memory Box Devyn Butterfly Trio
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana
Other: Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strips Thinking of You, various gems to match the rainbow
Sunday, April 4, 2021
Easter Blessings of Love and Hope
Colors from Hand Stamped Sentiments
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Faith
Dies: Simon Says Stamp Outline Floral Cross, Studio Katia Easter Script die, Waffle Flower Lacy Stitch Layers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Highland Heather, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Gorgeous Grape
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Buttercream Gems