Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Spot Challenge #103 Color Challenge with the Ornate Garden Suite of Products

Hi There!  Hope you are doing well and are hunkered down at home!  This Corona Virus mess is just too crazy for words.  I began working from home this week and will probably do so for at least 4 weeks.  Since I work as an Import Manager for a Retail Chain, I can tell you that unless you are a gas station, grocery store, or pharmacy, if you are in retail, things are super tough right now.  We had to furlough many of our employees and take it down to the bare bones just to give us a chance to survive this thing.  It's so, so sad.... 

At least crafters have their crafts to keep them sane!  So to help jumpstart your creativity, we've got another Spot Challenge for you to check out.

For my design team card, I used Rococo Rose, Blushing Bride and Basic Gray with a little help from the new Ornate Garden Suite of Products.  The suite has two stamp and die bundles, an embossing folder, a ribbon duo and some beautiful gold embellishments. This suite is available to demonstrators to pre-order now and will be available to customers on April 1st!

Here's my card...

I started with an 11 x 4 1/4" piece of Basic Gray Cardstock that was scored at 5 1/2".  I typically use this as a top folding card but today I'm using it as a side folding card.  I added a 4 x 5 1/4" panel of Rococo Rose Cardstock that was embossed with the beautiful Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder.  With a scrap of Blushing Bride I cut a beautiful layer with the ornate Layers Dies.  I backed it with Basic Gray Cardstock to show off that gorgeous detail in the die cut.  I cut a front layer of Basic Gray and heat embossed the sentiment from the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set.  I stamped the single flower from the Ornate Style Stamp Set in basic gray onto Whisper White cardstock.  I used Stampin' Blends to color the image in and then fussy cut it.  the stem was cut from the blossom (by accident.. lol) so I adhered the stem with Multipurpose glue and popped up the blossom with Mini Dimensionals.  

Here's the inside of my card, which I kept super simple by just stamping the small single flower...

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Stay safe and craft!  Blessings, Tina

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Spot Challenge #102 - Good Luck

Hi There!  I hope your week is off to a fantastic start!  Let me tell you that this week's Challenge #102 at The Spot gave me quite the challenge.  I honestly didn't think I owned one current Stamp Set that had "luck" anywhere in it.  Well luckily, I was wrong.. that goodness!

I literally flipped through the entire 2019 - 2020 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog, page by page until I finally found it.. Love what you do!  I was sooo happy!  I paired it with the super fun Special Someone stamp set for this little cutie.... 

The ink blended background was sponged with Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo and Gorgeous Grape Ink onto Whisper White Cardstock. Once I had it blended, I spritzed it with just a little bit of water and dabbed a paper towel over it.  I dried it with my heat tool and then used the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut out a panel.  I cut a larger panel of Basic Black to matt the ink blended top layer.  I already had the idea of using 4 of the little heart shaped ballon images to look like a four leaf clover so why not use the other images in a Special Someone as well.  The balloons were stamped on Whisper White Cardstock with, of course, Call Me Clover since this was a Good Luck challenge.  I stamped my racoon in Smoky Slate with Memento Tuxedo Black ink for the top layer, the Squirrel was stamped in Crumb Cake and Smoky Slate and the Mouse was stamped in Sahara Sand and Gray Granite.  The sentiment and two little butterflies were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.  The ink blended background was sponged with Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo and Gorgeous Grape Ink onto Whisper White Cardstock.  The grass was cut in a scrap of Call me Clover Cardstock and the flowers were cut with a scrap of Purple Posy Cardstock.  I used a light Blackberry Bliss Blend to dot in the center of the flowers.  Once I had my scene all built and matted on black, I added it to a card base of Call Me Clover Cardstock.  I was honestly really happy with how this one turned out.  I hope you like it as well!   If you are interested in any of the products used, they will all be listed below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Brand New Stampin' Up! Ornate Garden Suite coming soon!

Hi There.  I'm not sure about how the craziness of the Covid-19 Virus has been in your neck of the woods but here in Middle Tennessee, it has been crazy!  Most of the local groceries are out of just about everything!  Luckily I took off work on Friday and went to the grocery store early before it got too bad.  The only thing that was missing in the store then was liquid soap, all sanitizing cleaners, toilet paper and paper towels.  I'm soooo happy I went to the store when I did! 

Since this past weekend was Jeff's weekend off and although I really wanted the chance to play with some brand new Stampin' Up! goodies, I spent some quality time with him instead.  Today we both returned to work.  I got home at around 4:30pm and since he works until 8:00pm, it was the perfect time to do a little crafting.  Have you heard about the brand new Ornate Garden Suite?  It is available to Demonstrators now and will be available to customers on April 1st!  It is an Early Release of a suite that will be in the new 2020 - 2021 Annual Catalog and is absolutely fabulous!  I was so excited to play around with it a little today!

I plan on playing a little more later in the week but here is my first card...

There are actuallly two bundles in this suite.  I used both the Ornate Thanks Bundle and the Ornate Style Bundle.  I also used the beautiful Ornate Gardens Specialty DSP and the Ornate Garden Ribbon (it comes in a combo pack of Terracotta Tile and Old Olive... I used the Terra Cotta Tile).  I also used Terracotta Tile and Old Olive Ink and the Sprig Punch.  

I have sooo many ideas for the suite so I'm sure I'll be posting more cards soon!  If you want to get your hands on this suite prior to April 1st, I'd love for you to join Stampin' Up! under me.  I'm currently working on team building so feel free to contact me any time.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Thursday, March 12, 2020

OSAT Blog Hop Chick Ewe Out

Hi There and Welcome to the March 2020 One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop "Chick Ewe Out".  This month's theme is all about Animals or Easter.. our pick!  If you have aleady been hopping, thanks so much for continuing!  If you are starting with me, please make sure that you check out all of the fabulous inspiration along the way!  There is a blog roll at the end of the post that will take you to the next Blog!  I'm sure you'll be amazed at the cards and projects shared!

I went with Animals instead of Easter and used a combination of the Wildly Happy Stamp Set and the beautiful Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper.

I used Pretty Peacock for my cardbase and two pieces of the Tropical Oasis DSP layered onto each other and then cut with the Stitched Rectangle Dies and added a thin matt of Pool Party Cardsock.  i loved this DSP paired with the Elephants.  It really looked like a jungle in the background!  

The elephant image from the Wildly Happy Stamp Set was stamped onto Whisper White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I used my Stampin' Blends in Light and Dark Smoky Slate, Light and Dark Petal Pink, Light Pool Party and Light and Dark Mossy Meadow.  I colored everything in prior to cutting it into a Stitched Circle with my Stitched Shapes Dies.  Since I'm not usally that great and doing skys or backgrounds, I used a combination of Light Pool Party and Light Petal Pink in sideways strokes for the sky and I love how it turned out.   I stamped the sentiment on the lower light green portion of the DSP in versamark and embossed it in black.  I ran some Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding around the panel and tied it on the right side and then attached the Circle with Stampin' Dimensionals in the upper and lower section avoiding the seam binding.

I cut my Curvy Keepsake Box from Tropical Oasis DSP and kept the tag super simple by stamping it in Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White and punch a small hole in the top and then adding more of the Crinkled Seam Binding.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You are currently at Tina Riddle's Blog, so just click the name directly under mine, or if I'm last on the list, you can head back up to the top of the blog roll to continue on.   Blessings, Tina

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