Thursday, June 25, 2020

Beautiful World

So this past week has been a pretty busy one for me. I have had my daughter and grandchildren visiting. The children are three and a half so they are very busy! We had so much fun but I didn't get to play in my craft room all week.That's okay though, I would gladly trade time in the craft room for time with the loves of my life!

We spent a day at Davison Orchard in Vernon. If you have never been there, I would highly recommend it. There is so much for kids of all ages to do. And the best thing is there is no cost to get in. They ask that you don't bring your own picnic and that you eat at the restaurant there which is understandable. The food there is amazing so I don't know why you wouldn't want to eat there.

We also spent a day at the Kangaroo Farm in Kelowna. Their new location is huge and the animals are able to run around freely. Due to Covid 19, we weren't able to hold the baby joeys but we were able to pet the other kangaroos, wallabies, and even a porcupine. The little ones had a great time there as well.

Now on to today's card. I used the new Beautiful World Bundle to make this card. It is a perfect set for those difficult to make masculine cards.

I started with an Early Espresso card base. I added a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock that I first stamped the globe and globe stand on. I spritzed the back of this cardstock and then embossed it using the Old World Paper 3D embossing folder. I tore the bottom edge of this cardstock and then sponged all of the edges using Crumb Cake ink. I wanted to give it a real distressed look. I wrapped a piece of Early Espresso Faux Suede trim around the cardstock and then attached it to the card base using Tombo multipurpose glue. I added a strip of DSP from the World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper pack. I tore the bottom edge off of this as well and sponged all edges. I attached this to the embossed cardstock using Tombo multipurpose. I then stamped my sentiment using Early Espresso ink on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. I tore the bottom edge and sponged all edges on this piece as well. Then I attached this piece to the card using dimensionals. This could be a retirement card or a congratulations card or even a birthday card. I like how the sponging on the edges adds to the old world look.

What I used for today's card:

I hope you enjoyed today's post and today's card. This bundle is definitely one to have in the stash for those masculine cards. Stay healthy and keep creating!!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Blossoms in Bloom

As soon as I saw this bundle, I knew I wanted to try the Press and Seal technique. The only problem is I had never tried to do this technique before. Who do we turn to if we don't know something? Well of course, Google has all of the answers. I Googled "press and seal technique" and there was an amazing video from Kylie Bertucci explaining exactly how to do it and she even used this bundle!

I will be honest, my first attempt was not very successful. I was a little confused about which die to use. I thought I needed to use one die for the outlines of the flowers and the other die to do the filling in of the flowers. If you are going to try this, you need to use the same die for both. 

I added a piece of our adhesive sheets to a piece of Highland Heather cardstock and cut out the flowers. I used Whisper White embossing powder to add my sentiment to a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I set that aside and used the same die to cut the flowers out of a piece of Purple Posy cardstock. With the cardstock still in the die, I flipped the die over and covered the cut images with Press and Seal wrap. I flipped the die back over, removed the die and covered the cut images with Press and Seal wrap again. I flipped the cardstock images over again so the image is face down. I removed the Press and Seal wrap from the back side and added dimensionals to the pieces that were going to be fit into the outline. I removed the backing paper from all of the dimensionals and flipped the cardstock over and stuck it to the piece of Basic Black cardstock, pressing down where the dimensionals are. I then removed the Press and Seal wrap and everything except the dimensionaled pieces peeled away. Once the inside pieces were stuck to the black cardstock with dimensionals I removed the backing from the Highland Heather cardstock and fitted the outline pieces in around the Purple Posy flowers. This all sounds really confusing but if you watch the video and go step by step it will be a really fun technique.

What I used for this card:

I hope you enjoyed today's card and will give this technique a try. Thanks so much for stopping by. Stay healthy and keep creating!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Jar of Flowers

Today's card was created for a dear friend of mine. Her birthday was actually in March but she was out of the country then. She got an incredible offer to go out of country and stay at a friend's place for free. It was one of those offers that you don't want to let pass. Unfortunately, it also turned out to be one of those "if it sounds too good to be true, then it is" situations. To make a long story short, she was away for her birthday so we weren't able to celebrate. She is back in Kelowna and had to self isolate for 2 weeks but all is good with her now. We are looking forward to things opening up again so we will be able to celebrate properly. I made this card and a batch of muffins that I dropped off as a very belated Happy Birthday to her. I know she really appreciated the card as she is a card maker as well so she knows the love that goes into a card.

For this card, I used the Jar of Flowers Bundle from the new annual catalogue. It is a really fun set as there are so many possibilities. I made a shaker card using the coordinating Mason Jar Shaker Domes.

I started with a Daffodil Delight card base and added a layer of Basic Black cardstock on top of this. I stamped the jar image onto a piece of Whisper white cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and then stamped the stems image inside the jar. I stamped the flowers using the same ink on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock. I actually fussy cut out the flowers. If you know me at all, that is not my favourite thing to do but I did it. Then I colored the flowers and stems using my Stampin' Blends. I colored in the spaces between the flowers using the Light Crumb Cake blends marker so that it would look like the background of the DSP. Before I did that, it was very bright white and didn't look quite right. I also added some Light Pool Party to the jar to look like there is water in it. I added a small pile of gems from the Flowers for Every Season Gems to the middle of the jar and attached the shaker dome after removing the release paper from the bottom of it. I used the coordinating Jar of Flowers punch to cut the jar shape in a piece of DSP from the In Good Taste Paper pack. I removed the release paper from the top of the shaker dome and added the piece of designer series paper. I attached this piece to the Basic Black cardstock on the card base using Tombo multi purpose glue. I added the flower image using dimensionals. I then added a bow using the white linen ribbon from the Flowers for every Season ribbon combo pack. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Timeless Tulips stamp set onto a strip of Whisper White cardstock and flag cut one edge. I attached this using dimensionals.

What I used for today's card:

Jar of Flowers Bundle

Timeless Tulips Stamp

Flowers for Every Season Combo Pack

Flowers for Every Season Gems

Mason Jar Shaker Domes

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink

Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends

Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends

Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends

Old Olive Stampin' Blends

Highland Heather Stampin' Blends

Pool Party Stampin' Blends

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today's card as much as the birthday girl did. Stay healthy!!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Forever Fern

Well this is a very exciting time in the Stampin' Up! year - it is the launch of the new annual catalogue! This year's catalogue is full of gorgeous goodies. As a demonstrator, I was able to order select items from the new catalogue a month early. One of the items I ordered was the Forever Fern Bundle. I think it is going to be one of my new favourites. The stamps are Distinktive so they have a realistic look to them and there are coordinating dies to cut out the leaves.

For today's card, I used the Forever Fern Bundle as well as the coordinating Greenery embossing folder and Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper. It is such a versatile set.

I started with a new 2020 -2022 In Colour cardstock, Just Jade, for my card base. I added a piece of the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper which I matted with a piece of Shaded Spruce cardstock. I then added a strip of Whisper White cardstock that I embossed using the new Greenery embossing folder. It is a new style designed to fit into the upcoming Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine. It comes in a pack of 2 folders and is 3 3/8 inches wide. The strip of cardstock I used was 4 inches wide so I simply embossed the cardstock twice. The images lined up perfectly.

I stamped my sentiment onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Shaded Spruce ink and cut it out using the new Tasteful Labels Dies. I matted this with the swirly die from the Painted Poppies Dies cut from Shaded Spruce cardstock. I stamped some of the sprigs of leaves onto some scrap Whisper White cardstock using Shaded Spruce and Pear Pizzazz ink. I cut them out using the corresponding dies from Forever Fern Bundle. I also cut some leaves out of Vellum cardstock. I attached these under my sentiment piece and then popped the sentiment up on dimensionals. To complete my card, I added a few gems from the Flowers for Every Seasons Gems pack. They are a mixture of bright green and clear gems. The clear gems look like little raindrops on the leaves.

This card will be one of the cards in my on line class for the month of June. If you are interested in joining in on this class and seeing the other cards we will be making, just let me know. Also, if you would like a copy of the new catalogue and do not have one yet, I would be happy to make sure you get one.

What I used for today's card:

Forever Fern Bundle

Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper

Greenery Embossing Folder

Flowers for Every Season Gems

Painted Labels Dies

Tasteful Labels Dies

Just Jade Cardstock

Shaded Spruce Cardstock

Vellum Cardstock

Whisper White Cardstock

Shaded Spruce Stampin' Pad

Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Pad

I hope you enjoyed today's card. Thanks for stopping by. Stay healthy and keep creating!