Friday, June 21, 2013

Regarding Dahlias = Happy!

On my first browse through the new SU catalog, the "Regarding Dahlias" stamp set was at the very tip top of my (huge) list...  Love the simplicity and simple beauty of this set. But,... of course, I DO love flowers -- I always have ever since I was a little girl...

I decided I wanted to try it first in Black and white and yellow.  This is a card we will be making at my upcoming New Catalog Open House.  The designer paper used here is from a new DSP pack -- Quatrefancy Specialty DSP.  To color the dahlia, I first stamped it in black ink on whisper white card stock, then used a sponge dauber and added Daffodil Delight ink to the center and fading out to the outside petals with a sponge dauber.  I then did a little fussy cutting and plopped it on my card.  Other products used on this card, are the new Artisan Label punch and the not-so-new Hexagon folder.  Of course, a girl has to add just a little sparkle, so I used my faithful two way glue pen and added some dazzling diamonds glitter as well as some basic rhinestones colored black with my Sharpie. :)

For this next card, I tried playing with a new In Color -- Strawberry Slush.  It is a beautiful, non-offensive pink, if you know what I mean. :)  Not Pepto Bismol ish, too be exact....  I used the new Deco Label Framelits.  I love the shape of these new framelits.  I know they will see many a project in my home!  Also, the new magnetic platform is worth all of it's $39.95 price!!!!!  It holds your framelits perfectly still so they don't move when you put that baby through your Big Shot!  No more sticky notes to hold your framelits in place needed!  Love, Love, LOVE this new product.  Ok, on with the card. :)  Used the Quatrefancy DSP again on this card, as well as the fancy fan embossing folder.  This card is a little less work than the yellow one in that there is no fussy cutting -- simply stamped my dahlia on the deco label die cut.

Happy Friday and Happy first day of summer to each of you, and may you get your stamping mojo on -- if you're not out camping this weekend, that is. :)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Wilted Ribbon Flower wine tag

Good Morning, Friends!  The kids are still in bed, and I am posting to my neglected blog.  Yippeeee!:) 

At my last stampers' club, we made this wilted ribbon flower on a wine tag.  This technique works amazingly with satin ribbon, which SU no longer carries, so I used our white organdy ribbon, and showed the gals how to dye the ribbon Rich Razzleberrry to match the tag, simply by pressing the white ribbon into the Razzleberry ink pad, and giving a few drags across the pad until the desired purple was achieved.  For this flower, I used 25" of ribbon, and for the base of the flower, I applied some sticky sheets to whisper white card stock, and then cut circles with my Circles #2 die -- using the second largest circle.  Of course, SU now has jumbo sticky rounds -- which would make this even easier.  Pull off a sticky round, apply it to card stock, trim it down to the size you need and you're set.  I saw how to make these flowers on this video tutorial. 

Without further ado, here is what we made!

Isn't that flower just gorgeous?  You could use it for so many applications -- scrap booking, hair bows, lovely gift wrapping, etc.  The colors used here, are Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, and Pretty in Pink (a now retired color).  That beautiful stamp that serves as the "stem" for the flower, is from the "Everything Eleanor" stamp set -- LOVE that flourish!  It is so elegant and a tad bit vintage.  I don't generally do vintage well, but I admire those who do!

Happy Friday, Everyone!  and be sure to check out the new amazing SU catalog!  More hot-off-the-press projects coming soon.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Mr Personality!

Life has been crazy busy around our home with end of school things going on, a parking lot garage sale/fund raiser at Bryn's school, and a certain big boy's 8th birthday party this past Saturday. Thirteen 7 and 8 year olds racing around our back yard for 2 hours!  Wow!..... There has been NO time for this mama to play... Well, yesterday, I told the kids that I needed some time to myself -- that they needed to find some things to do, as Mama was going to STAMP!!!  and, they mostly entertained themselves, only interrupting me for important things like food and potty help for the almost three year old.

SOOO, this is what I made.  It is a scrap layout for my scrapping class this coming Friday night, and it features some beautiful, unique, hot-off-the-press new SU treasures, such as: the Modern Medley Designer series paper, the mosaic punch, the matching Mosaic Madness stamp set, the Modern Mosaic embossing folder, the new, awesome! candy dots, and the Deco Label framelits (used for the journaling).  These are photos that a photographer friend, Celeste Wyrick of Wyrick Photography, took when she did a photo shoot for our family shortly after we moved into our new (to us) house 2 years ago.  I have never made a black and white layout before, and whenever I teach a scrap booking class, I always try to do something I haven't done before, to try and keep it interesting and fresh.

The inspiration for this layout, came from a super cute hexagon layout I saw in the CTMH catalog.  There are so many places to find inspiration, and when I saw what they had done with the hexagons, I was thinking, "Hey! I am going to do this idea with a black and white layout with my new mosaic punch and stamp set".  I have to say, I really do like the way it came out.  If you live near me, come to my class this Friday at 6:30 and make it for yourself! :)

Oh, and if you haven't checked out the brand new catalog, click on the link in the upper right corner, OR if you're one of my customers and haven't gotten your very own, gorgeous copy, email me for your free copy today! :)

Happy Monday to each of you!