Friday, May 29, 2020

Many Layered Blossoms Dies in Basic Black, Whisper White and Magenta Madness!

Hi There!  Sorry I've haven't posted any card making tips the last couple of days.  My husband had ankle surgery on Wednesday and it's been just a little crazy around here.  He can't put any weight on his left leg at all so he's trying to hop on his right food with the crutches.  I'm not sure if you've ever tried doing that but it is definitely hard to do.  The doctor prescribed him a knee walker that would make getting around a bit easier but it hasn't come in yet.   I will sure be happy when he gets it but for now I guess it's best that he takes it easy and not try to be up and doing too much.  This cast will be on his leg for 8 weeks so this is seeming like a really long road.  Hopefully it will get better and better each day.

I did want to pop on here for a minute and share a card that I made in between my hubby's calls for water, food, or just general help...

I love the beautiful Many Layered Blossoms Dies.  The stamp set is awesome too and has great sentiments but for this card, I used just the dies along with a sentiment from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set.  This is my first try and fussy cutting the sentiment and I think I did an ok job on it.  So for today's card I started with an 11" x 4 1/4" piece of Magenta Madness Cardstock, scored at 5 1/2" for a top folding card.  I added a piece of Basic Black cardstock that measured 5 3/8 " 4 1/8" and then a layer of 2020 - 2022 In Colors DSP in Magenta Madness Woodgrain that measured 5 1/4" x 4" .  Next I cut the larger of the many layered blossoms dies in Basic Black and in White (for the pieced pieces inside the blossoms).  The more detailed of the many layered blossoms dies was cut in Magenta Madness.  I layered on the Basic Black diecut panel first with a few dots of Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive.  Next I adhered the detailed diecut over the black with more of the Multipurpose Adhesive.  Finally I took the inner part of the blossoms from the white die cut and puzzle-pieced them into the flowers.  Honestly, this was the fun part.  Obviously it takes a little time to do it but if you love puzzles, it is really fun!  Finally I stamped the "Let's Clebrate You" sentiment from the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set in Versamark onto a scrap of Basic Black Cardstock and then heat embossed it in White.  I used my paper snips to fussy cut the sentiment and then added some mini-dimensionals to adhere over the layered blossoms panel.  To finish this off I added three on the In Color Enamel Dots in Magenta Madness.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Card Making Tips Day 3 - Paper Piecing!

Hi There!  I'm back on Day 3 of My Card Making Tips Series with a fun idea to add color to a project without coloring... Paper Piecing!!  You can use this simple technique to any lined image.

Today's card is once again from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set.  Are you tired of me using it yet??  The funny thing about it was I didn't order that stamp set on the first pre-order.  It was an after thought that I grabbed when I placed my second pre-order.  I'm so happy I got it!    I added an image and sentiment from the fabulous Forever Fern Stamp Set.  That one I knew I loved from the first time I laid eyes on it!  It truly is one of my very favorites from the upcoming 2020 - 2021 Annual Catalog!

There is so much to love about this card.  The paper piecing of the flower images add color to the flowers without using markers, sponging or watercoloring.  The flowers are easy to cut out and if you make a mistake, just take the edge of a black marker and go around the edges.  This card started with an 11" x 4 1/4" half sheet of the new Magenta Madness Cardstock, scored at 5 1/2" for a top folding card.  On a 4' x 5 1/4" piece of the beautiful In Good Taste DSP, I stamped the greenery and floral images from the Tasteful Touches stamp set, on the edge of the left side with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I then stamped the flower image again twice on some of the 2020 - 2022 In Color DSP in Magenta and cut them out with paper snips.  The DSP flower images were adhered over the ones stamped on my front panel with Multipurpose Adhesive.  The sentiment from Forever Fern was stamped directly onto that panel as well and I love how it looks.  I also stamped the small splatter image from Forever Fern in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink as well.  I love the addition of the splatters.  Once I was happy with my front panel, I cut it out with the 2nd largest of the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I matted that panel with Basic Black cardstock and then adhered those onto the Magenta Madness Cardbase.  

Here is a picture of a card from a couple of years ago using the "You've Got This" Stamp Set and Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight Brights Collection DSP from that year.

You may note some old images and old DSP from that one.  I stamped the image directly onto the wood patterned paper background and then again onto the Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight DSP and then cut the images out to add over the appropriate sections of the card front.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

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The Spot #112 - Color Challenge with Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo and Pool Party!

Hi there!  I hope your Tuesday has started off well after this beautiful Memorial Day Weekend!  The weather here in Middle Tennessee was beautiful all weekend and we really needed that after all of the rainy days we've had in May!  The sunshine felt so good as I sat on the deck enjoying the dogs playing and exploring in the back yard.  They were happy for some dry days as well!

Over at The Spot Challenge blog this week, we have a fun color challenge for you!

The challenge is to pick 3 or more of these beautiful colors!  I picked Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, and Melon Mambo!

I started out with a base of Granny Apple Green cardstock that measured 11" x 4 1/4", scored at 5 1/2" for a top folding card.  On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped one of the images in 2nd Generation Pool Party (stamped off once) in the upper left and lower right corner.  I stamped the greenery from the set in Granny Apple Green coming in from the middle and lower left side and added the flower image in Melon Mambo coming in from the lower and middle right side to balance it out.  The sentiment "Just Saying Hello" from the set was stamped upper middle in Melon Mambo.  Using the largest scallop rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly dies I cut my top layer first.  From the section that was left over I cut out the 2nd largest Rectangle from the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  Using a scrap of Melon Mambo I cut out another of the largest scallop rectangle to put underneath the top layer.  I used my Granny Apple Green blends to color in the greenery and used my Lovely Lipstick blends to color in the Melon Mambo floral images.  The Lovely Lipstick is a very good match for Melon Mambo but I can't wait to get my hands on the new Melon Mambo blends coming out with the new 2020 - 2021 Annual Catalog!  I stamped another flower image onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and colored it in as well but then fussy cut it.  I but it close to the edge and used the darker of the Lovely Lipstick Blend to cover any white showing on the edge.  To start assembliing, I added the outside rectangle piece onto the Granny Apple Green cardbase with liquid Multipurpose Glue.  I added the solid Melon Mambo scallop with more of the liquid glue inside the rectangle where the top layer was cut out.  Next the top scallop layer was added with Dimensionals over the Melon Mambo scallop.  Finally I added my fussy cut flower onto the lower right side with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Last but never least I added three of the darker pink gems from the From My Heart Faceted Gems that were in the Jan- June 2020 Mini Catalog.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Card Making Tips Day 2 - 3 Additional Tips

Happy Memorial Day!  I love that our country takes a day to reflect on those Heros that are no longer here, but have served their country selflessly to preserve our freedoms! So many have given the ultimate sacrifice defending us!  We are truly blessed to have the freedoms we have!  I hope you have a wonderful day with beautiful weather and surrounded by the ones you love!

For Day 2 of Card Making Tips, I decided to focus on one of my very favorite techniques.... Tone-On-Tone Stamping.  My card today features this technique by stamping Mint Macaron Ink on to Mint Macaron Cardstock.  I used the Tasteful Textures Bundle again.. I love it!

You'll notice that my card base has some Tone-On-Tone Stamping as well.  I love that this adds a lot of interest, particularly when you are mounting a layer onto another layer that is the same color.   I could also have sponged the edges of the top layer with this ink and that would have also added some contrast.  For the white on white layers on the labels I did some 2nd generation stamping (stamping off 1 time onto scratch paper) to add a subtle bit of the same greenery.   Here are my tips for today:

  1. Tone-on-Tone Stamping in from the edges on the card base.  I usually add around two corners and sometimes going almost to the other end of the bottom or top of the card.  I also stamped the leaves Tone-on-Tone.  My leaves are from the Floral Essence Stamp Set and were punched out with the leaf punch (sadly retiring).  I'm not sure why they are retiring a punch that coordinates with a stamp set that is carrying over but I'm keeping my punch as long as it matches a current stamp set!
  2. Using an embossing folder on the top panel to add texture and interest.  Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder was used on this card
  3. Adding a pop of color to an otherwise mono-chromatic card.  My floral image was heat embossed in white on Flirty Flamingo Cardstock for a pop of color.  I'm not a huge fan of fussy-cutting and luckily the heat embossing makes the fussy-cutting easier since the image becomes raised on the cardstock.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

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