Using Up Those Scraps!

So, I recently reorganized my craft room yet again.  I’ve been fine tuning it for efficiency for how I find I craft in my space.  Well, after the last clean up, I realized I had a ton of useful looking scraps lying around on my table.  Now, normally I brush them into a pile and put them in a bag to “use later”.  Though really what happens is that my scrap bag gets bigger and bigger and I always forget what I have.

Today I decided to use up those scraps now so that I didn’t have them hanging around for years to come. 🙂  So, I did not cut one single thing for this card… everything was already cut and lying around.  I just had to glue, stamp, and add a brad.  Not too bad, huh?

 

 

The card base was a “whoopsie” that I did for a class sample.  The other pieces were all left over scraps from making other class samples as well.  Even the ribbon I just needed to trim the ends and I was good to go.

 

 

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Everyday Enchantment Thank You Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Thank You Kindly
Ink:  Chocolate Chip classic
Paper: Everyday Enchantment designer paper (SAB), Crumb Cake CS, Tempting Turquoise CS, Pool Party CS, Lucky Limeade CS, Calypso Coral CS
Accessories: Everyday Enchantment brads and organdy ribbon (SAB), Big Shot, Framlits Labels, Blossom Triple Layer punch, Paper Piercer, SU Glue stick, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Everyday Enchantment CASE

Last night was my Creative Card night and it was the perfect opportunity for me to try out a few different card ideas that I had been wanting to play with.  One of those ideas was to play around with a design by my downline, Pam Wu.  She had made this very cool card using the Sale-a-Bration Everyday Enchantment designer paper and framelits, and so when I was trying to create something for my class; it was the perfect place to start.  In the end I changed things up a bit, but its clear the inspiration came from her!

 

 

I loved her idea for using the Everyday Enchantment brads in the center of the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch.  I also really liked how the designer paper looked with the scallop trim border punch on each side of the paper.  So I started with those elements and went from there.  I had wanted to play with the organdy ribbon that came with the Everyday Enchantment brads and so I wrapped it around and through the scallop trim.

 

Finally, I had the hardest time deciding how to do a sentiment (though I think it would look just fine without one).  I ended up pulling out my Curly Cute stamp set and getting a little creative.  Because the words are so close together on the stamp, I used a marker to color one word at a time and stamped them spaced out on my cardstock.  Then I could cut them out with extra padding around the words and sponge the edges to help them blend.

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Everyday Enchantment Thinking of You Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Curly Cute
Ink:  Chocolate Chip marker, Lucky Limeade classic
Paper: Everyday Enchantment designer paper (SAB), Chocolate Chip CS, Pool Party CS, Lucky Limeade CS, Calypso Coral CS
Accessories: Everyday Enchantment brads and organdy ribbon (SAB), Scallop Trim Border punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

More Watercoloring Card Samples–crayons & markers

Today I wanted to share a couple more samples from my watercoloring class.  In my last post, I shared a card we did using chalks and for today, I thought I’d show some cards using watercolor crayons and markers.  As you can see, the medium you use for your watercoloring gives you totally different effects!

Also, one more PSA – I always tell folks that the paper you stamp on makes a huge difference in your image quality and with watercoloring that is especially true.  Both of the techniques I ‘m showing you today need watercolor paper.  With the crayons, your image will not stamp well on the semi-gloss of Whisper White paper and with markers, you’ll tend to have your paper pill up or curl.

Watercolor Crayons

 

 

This card uses the watercolor crayons and I’ll admit it isn’t the best sample in the world; but it shows you how the crayons give you a more artsy watercolor look. With the crayons you color directly on your stamp and then mist it with water before stamping.  So, depending on how much you color on your stamp and how much water you use, you will get a more or less “blurred” image when you stamp.

tip: Be careful not to completely douse your stamp with water when you are wetting it because you can either have your colors run together or become so diluted that they barely color your page.

Watercoloring with markers

 

 

This is one of my favorite watercoloring techniques because it is so easy and I really like the look you get from it.  This technique uses markers to lay down your color and then using your blender pen to pull the color around to fill in your stamped area.  When I was a kid, I used to outline my pictures in my coloring books and then color in lightly inside the lines and so it gave me a similar effect as I got on this card.  So, maybe this has always been my thing. 🙂

tip: You will want to pick a medium to dark color marker for this technique.  If you use a lighter shade, you won’t really see the colors very well as you blend them into your open spaces.


Well, I hope this gave you some new ideas to try!  They are all so different and fun that it is worth trying them all!

If you haven’t done any watercoloring before, pick up some blender pens, watercolor paper, and your favorite color method (like ink pads, markers, chalks, etc).  Need help deciding which to start with?  Send me a note at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’ll help you figure it all out and get them on their way to you!

 

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Sale-a-Bration Fun by Bethani!

It’s a new week and while I’m still trying to get photos together from the projects I demonstrated at the Northwest Women’s Show last weekend I thought I would share a fun card that my downline, Bethani Semple created recently.

 

Bethani Semple SAB card

 

I find the Everyday Enchantment designer paper and Fresh Vintage stamp set often are used to make cute vintage but girly cards.  But, I love how Bethani used them in a more neutral way!  The Pacific Point cardstock base was an unexpected choice for me but I think it really brings out the designer paper patterns, don’t you?

She used the scallop square Big Shot die as well as the new cute hearts framelits (have I told you how much I love framelits?!) for her base shapes.  Then she added the stamped image and some texture with the Everyday Enchantment organdy ribbon and matching brad.

This is definitely one of those cards full of shapes and patterns I would never have thought to mix but turns out they look great together!  Thanks, Bethani, for the inspiration and for letting me share it on my blog!

 

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Butterfly Framelit Window Frame Card

If you are on my mailing list, you’ve seen this card with my last newsletter but I love it so much that I had to share it on my blog too!

Now, I’ve done the window frame style card before (like this card) but I really wanted to play around with using the new Labels Framelits since they gave me a super easy way to make a big window on the front of my card.  So, one night I started playing and this card came out:

I started out by picking two of the patterns from the Sale-a-Bration designer paper Everyday Enchantment.  I guess, I thought this evoked a garden window at the time.  Then I started stamping some flowers from the Vintage Vogue stamp set and cut them out by hand.  Not the fastest process, but actually pretty relaxing.

Then I started layering my elements by popping up the green piece of designer paper and layering flowers above and below the level of that paper.  Finally, I finished it off with butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies dies to make my garden complete!

 

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An Everyday Enchantment Valentine

Hopefully you had a chance to enjoy the blog tour earlier this week.  I loved playing with the new Sale-a-Bration items for my projects and so I reached for them again when I was working on a card for a long-distance workshop I have coming up.

I was working within the constraints of what stamps, ink, and tools my hostess had; but since I was providing the paper and embellishments – I knew I really wanted to work in the Everyday Enchantment designer paper and Calypso Coral Organdy ribbon.

I also was excited to use the Fun Flowers Bigz L die for the Big Shot. I don’t use mine nearly enough but I started playing with a Very Vanilla flower and thought it really went with the vintage look when I sponged the edges. Then I was told that the scallop circle punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack fit perfectly in the scallop circle from the Fun Flowers die, and that gave it just the right amount of Pop!

This is one of those cards that looks complicated but is actually really easy to pull together.  So hopefully the girls getting together for the workshop will have a lot of fun making their own copies!

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I’m happy to work with you to put together a long-distance workshop so that you can earn all your hostess benefits at your own convenience.  Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com for more details!

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Fun Flowers Valentine’s Day Card Recipe:
Stamps:  French Foliage, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Paper: Everyday Enchantment designer paper**, Lucky Limeade cardstock, Very Vanilla cs, Calypso Coral cs
Accessories:  Big Shot, Fun Flowers Bigz L die, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Adhesive Backed Pearls, 1/8” Calypso Coral Organdy ribbon**, Sponge Daubers

** FREE items as part of the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration promotion

Vintage Fresh for Today’s Sudsol Blog Tour!

SUDSOL Blog Tour, February 1st!
Hi everyone!  Today is the day for the big SUDSOL blog tour.  I love all the ideas you can find on a blog tour and hopefully my projects today will give you some new ideas to try at home.  For this tour, the focus is on the fun new things in the Occasion Mini and the Sale-a-Bration catalogs.  I decided to show you some of my favorites with 3 different projects; and since I have a lot to share…lets get this show on the road!

A Scallop Circle Mini Basket

So, for those of you not familiar with SUDSOL, it is a community and content website specifically for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who are interested in really focusing on thinking about their stamping business as an actual business.  So, there are lots of great ideas, tips, and sharing of projects – including a library full of templates and project patterns with photos and instructions created by other demos (not a member? click the link above to sign-up for a 2 week FREE trial to check it out).

Anywho, I was browsing the library and found this totally novel idea for how to turn a Scallop Circle (from the Bigz Big Shot die) and turn it into a little box – or in my case, add a handle and make it a basket. See:

Seriously, I would have never thought to score and cut a scallop circle die cut to make a small rectangular box.  But isn’t it cute !!  I pulled out my coordinating Sale-a-Bration items: Fresh Vintage stamp set, Everyday Enchantment designer paper, and the Everyday Enchantment brads and ribbon pack; and went to town decorating!

So, I started by pulling out the pattern I liked from the designer paper and making a 1/2” band around the box.  I had a piece left over from cutting my band and so I cut that in half (making two 1/4” strips) to make my basket handle.  I didn’t like the seam where I glued them together at the top of the handle, so I pulled out the Lucky Limeade organza ribbon and wrapped it around the seam to hide it.

As you can see, I have chocolate in my basket (yum! chocolate!)  I actually have 2 undecorated Reese’s mini peanut butter cups in the bottom of the basket and 2 decorated ones on top.  I used the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch along with the Fresh Vintage stamp set to decorate my candy.

SU Demos – you can find the instructions for this box in the SUDSOL library here. 

A Fresh Vintage Thank You Card

Alright, so I had the chocolate and the basket, I needed a card to go with it.  So, I set out by pulling out my next favorite item – Framelits Labels collection!

I wanted to use the big flower image from the Vintage Fresh stamp set and was super excited to see that one of the labels seemed to have curves that exactly fit the shape of the flower’s flourish.  So, I started with that as my guide for the layout.  Then I wanted to use my current favorite ribbon – Pleated Satin Ribbon in Blushing Bride.  Yes, you heard right… they pre-pleat the ribbon for you!

Anyway, I knew I wanted to use the labels and the ribbon and so then I just fiddled with placement and papers until I thought it looked alright.  Here are a few touches that might be hard to see in the above picture:

Sponging of the Blushing Bride label and the Basic Grey cardbase with Blushing Bride ink.  Oh, and popping up the smallest label.

 

I stamped the repeating flourish pattern from the stamp set along the bottom of the card front with my stamp-a-ma-jig and then layered the ribbon along the top edge.

A Fresh Vintage Stand-Up Card

Alright, so I had been tasked to create 3 projects for this blog tour and I was now up to 2.  I decided to turn back to the SUDSOL pattern library to see if there was something that really pulled me in.  I ran across this stand-up card pattern and thought it was something I had never done before and it looked like fun.  So, I gave it a go and this is the results!

I love how this card style will actually lie flat for mailing in an envelope but stands up when you pull it out.  Cool, huh?

 

I tried to keep in theme by using the same color schemes (or at least more Blushing Bride and Pool Party), designer paper, and stamps. I decided to pull out one more new Occasion Mini product to play with for this project – Twitterpated designer buttons. I was inspired by some recent vintage-y scrapbook pages I had seen and wanted to try out lots of layers for the focal point and then have some sentiment that suited staring at me from a shelf. Thus – Beautiful Life.

SU Demos – you can find the instructions for this card style in the SUDSOL library here.

 

Whew! You made it!  I had so much fun creating these projects and I hope you enjoyed them as well.  I’d love to hear which was your favorite – please leave me a comment and let me know!

CONTINUE on the Blog Tour

                       

Adriana Benitez                            Annette Bogue

And after the tour I’d love to have you come back and visit here again; or for SUDSOL members, check out more of my projects in my gallery on the SUDSOL site.

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