January 2, 2015
Oh my, I bet you all are as worn out as I am from the holidays! I think my dishwasher, washer, and dryer have never stopped running. It was wonderful to have the house full but I am enjoying this little piece of quiet this morning:)
I managed to get Heidi’s Friday Mashup # 191 done but did not mash it up this week. But that’s okay…you can always pick one part of the challenge, too!
Create a project with a “Winter theme.“
Create a project with “Snowflakes.”
Mash it Up! and create a “Winter project with Snowflakes.”
I am in need of sympathy cards so I decided to use the SU Serene Silhouettes stamp set with its leafless winter branches to create a card with somber colors. I kind of went totally opposite of the light and airy theme with snowflakes.
I am currently fighting with my computer, iphone, and iphoto program so
please excuse the quality of the photo:(
The first stamp set I wanted to color with my new SU Blendabilites alcohol markers was SU Pleasant Poppies. However, I just got around to it today! And, again, I did not do any “blending” just pure coloring inside the black lines. Oh, I do love these markers! I love how the alcohol color is transparent and shows all the detail and lines on a stamped image. I will get around blending but for now I am enjoying the coloring bliss:) I used Cindy Hall’s neat challenge at Freshly Made Sketches #141 for inspiration.
I changed it up a bit and did an A2 card instead of a square one. And, guess what? I am going to give you my measurements to save you the trouble of figuring them out. If you are stamping an image you would like to divide into pieces, you can follow this: I stamped my image on a 5″ x 3 3/4″ piece of card stock. I then cut one inch of each of the sides to make the four corner squares 1″ x 1″. Make sure you cut from each side in one inch. (Not one inch then another inch from that same edge.) Then you end up with the center top and bottom rectangles being 3″ x 1″. The center rectangle ends up being 3″ x 1 3/4″.
If you want to use Designer Paper, just cut them the above sizes and place them on your card front. There is a 1/8″ inch border around and between the cut portions. I used my grid paper to help me keep the 1/8″ border as straight as possible.
STAMPS: SU Pleasant Poppies, SU Petite Pairs
INK: SU Blendabilities Daffodil Delight-lightest one, SU Old Olive- lightest one, SU Cherry Cobbler-lightest one, SU Real Red
PAPER: SU Whisper White, SU Basic Black
TOOLS: SU Artisan Punch, 1- 1/4″ circle punch
Quilt cards are easy to make but look very intricate when done. However, it took me a while to get mine done but I think it was operator related! My fingers were all fumble and keep sticking to things… I have been wanting to do a quilt card for quite some time and thought the Dynamic Duos Subtly Yours Challenge # 98 using So Saffron and Wisteria Wonder was a great chance to try one.
This was my first attempt, and I think it turned out alright. I used the current SU Afternoon Picnic DSP and the retired Tea for Two DSP (Clearance Rack item) which have a slight sponging on the design in certain places so the quilt has some brighter pieces and murky ones so it kinda freaked me out at first. But, in the end, I knew I had to start somewhere! And, you were my cute little guinea pig audience, thank you for looking! Hugs to you all;)
STAMPS: SU Petite Pairs
INK: SU Wisteria Wonder
PAPER: SU Wisteria Wonder, SU So Saffron, SU Pear Pizzazz, SU Very Vanilla, SU AFternoon Picnic DSP, SU Tea for Two DSP
ACCESSORIES: SU Pearls, SU Designer Button (retired)
TOOLS: SU 1″ square punch, SU Square Lattice EF
I just noticed I used the same sentiment yesterday…well, SU Petite Pairs is a favorite of mine that just seems to fit so many card designs!
I always love a color challenge that includes green so I can play with flowers! I just recently succumbed to the whimsical posies from the SU So Very Grateful stamp set so I decided to use it for the Dynamic Duos # 91 Triple Threat Challenge this week.
I used my SU blender pens to color the image I stamped on Watercolor paper with waterproof Stazon Jet Black ink. I can’t wait until SU releases their new Blendabilities alcohol markers so I can try them out. I just love that they will coordinate with the SU Color Families of ink, paper, DSP, ribbons, and buttons. Color coordination is one of the main reasons I love Stampin’ Up products!
STAMPS: SU So Very Grateful, SU Petite Pairs
INK: SU Tangerine Tango, SU Melon Mambo,SU Wild Wasabi, Stazon Jet Black
PAPER: SU Melon Mambo, SU Whisper White, SU Wild Wasabi, SU Basic Black
ACCESSORIES: random black rhinestones
TOOLS: SU Blender pens, SU Stampin’ Dimensionals, SU Print Poetry EF
Check out what the team has created for inspiration this week…
I finally used my SU Tape It stamp set. I really, really like all the designs on the stamps and how they stamp so crisply. I used the challenge at Retrosketches # 84 and the colors at ColourQ # 209 to create this simple card. Well, simple in design but I have to admit, I did a few of the panels before I got one with no operator error like a smudging it with ink on my finger! Well, at least it was my card and not the card of one of my new stampers this week who had finished a “perfect” card, and then the teacher demonstrating how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig, stamped a perfect sentiment then dropped the block on the card! Now, that was not good!
Oh my, as I was posting, I realized I made a boo-boo…I used black with the CQ colors as a neutral but it is an actual color on CQ…sorry, peeps. Can you forgive me?
STAMPS: SU Tape It, SU Petite Pairs
INK: SU Cool Caribbean, SU Real Red, SU Daffodil, SU Pumpkin Pie, SU Basic Black
PAPER: SU Basic Black, SU Whisper White, SU Daffodil Delight
ACCESSORIES: SU Pearls
TOOLS: SU Itty Bitty Shapes Punch