Monday, May 20, 2019

Lovely as a Tree!

I shared this card on my Facebook Live last week where I used Lovely as a Tree.  As I explained on the Live, I started out by stamping the fisherman from Best Catch in Memento ink onto the center of the Very Vanilla c/s layer.  I didn't know where the card was headed from there.  From there, I colored my tree stamp with a Garden Green and Soft Suede marker and stamped it to the upper left of the fisherman. The water looks very real, doesn't it?  I wish I had colored the water directly around the fisherman, but I instead built up the lake using the water stamp from High Tide and the Pacific Point ink.  That's one color that I haven't used a lot lately, but it's perfect for the water on this card.  To stamp the water, I started in the center of the cardfront, directly below the fisherman, then re-inked each time and stamped to the left and right, almost like I was laying bricks if that makes sense?

Hmm... what should I add next?!

Well, the mountains from Waterfront using Crumb Cake classic ink was the next image to be stamped.  I then masked the mountains and stamped the Mango Melody sun peeking behind it.  The only 2 things left to do were fill in my grass which I did with Garden Green ink and a blender pen, and to sponge my sky: I used the Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight inks to color the sky -- I'm sorry it's difficult to see the sponging!

Well, that's my card for today!  Have you been following the retirement party that Stampin' Up! has been sponsoring online?  It's almost the end of another Stampin' Up! catalog and sadly, Lovely as a Tree will be leaving us.  For my product spotlight, I've been featuring the Lovely as a Tree stamp set on my Facebook page and will continue to do so for another few days.  If you use the Hostess Code, D7N2NTWA and purchase the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, I will send you a card using this stamp set, and will also send you 1/2 package of the Leaf Trinkets. 

Thanks for checking out my card today! Join me tomorrow for another Lovely as a Tree card or project!
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Welcome Little One!

I had so much fun making this card!  I've spent the last few weeks creating cards using bundles, stamp sets, punches and framelits that are going away.

Unfortunately the wood crate framelits are one of those products I'm sad to see them go.  Doesn't this Momma Roo look so proud?!  She's sporting the latest pouch for her wee little koala!  I stamped Momma on Sahara Sand c/s in Memento Ink, then colored her in with the Light Crumb Cake blend.  Baby Koala is colored in with the light Smoky Slate blend.

The balloon is stamped in Mint Macaron ink using the Balloon Celebrations stamp set, cut out with the Balloon punch that is retiring.  I cut double crates for wagons - my back wagon is basically embossed because I cut both layers at the same time.  I then offset slightly to make it look 3D.  The wheels are Basic Black circles punched out with the 1" circle punch.  The "hubcaps" are champagne foil punched out with the 3/4" circle punch (retiring ... do you have yours yet?!).  Oh yes, and the handle is just a scrap of paper that I found in my recycling - basically it's 1/8" by about 4" and I cut off just a tad for the handle for the pull bar. The words for the sentiment are stamped in Mossy Meadow ink on one of the framelits from the Wood Crate set again - the stamps are part of the Animal Outing stamp set.  I had no problem lining up the words!  I used a snippet of Old Olive linen thread.  I colored the leaves on the stamped branch with Mossy Meadow blends after stamping it in Memento ink, used a bronze blend for the branch itself, and the frog is a pleasant Granny Apple Green blend color.  The last little item?  More branches cut from Mossy Meadow scraps using the frame lit from the Animal Outing bundle.

I layered my Very Vanilla piece on a  Soft Suede mat,  then layered on a Mossy Meadow base!  That's all!  I'm entering this card in the SUO Challenge blog -- this is a perfect "celebration" card!  

*I include a supply list on the bottom of every blog post.  I try to include every color I've mentioned that I use to stamp or punch with.  Please remember that I have LOTS of scraps, inks, stamps, etc.  Use whatever colors work for you!  Just make sure you have fun!!  
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Friday, April 26, 2019

Going for a Bike Ride!

I wanted to share another cute stamp set that is retiring this week!  I realized when I prepared for Tuesday night's card class that I have hardly ever used the Bike Ride stamp set with matching framelits.  Can you believe that it's going away without hardly seeing any ink?!

I made this cute card, essentially copying the sample in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog.  I changed it up a bit by making a banner (since Thoughtful Banners stamp set and the Bunch of Banners framelits are retiring).  The flowers in the basket are stamped in Berry Burst ink and the little bow on the basket is from the Apron Builder framelits and used some Berry Burst Cardstock. 

I added a supply list below in case anyone wants to duplicate the card.  I think I forgot to add that I stamped the basket is Early Espresso ink.  

Happy stamping!

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Goodbye Sweet Petal Palette!

My FB live this week featured the fabulous Petal Palette stamp set and its matching Petals and More framelits.  I shared a couple of projects with you and thought I'd share some close-up photos of two of my projects.  It has also been my Product Spotlight on my FB page.  Make sure you like the page so you can see more samples that I'm sharing this week!

This first project used the Buffalo Check background stamp set with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I stamped the buffalo check so that I could have a black and white background.  Unfortunately, the Botanical Butterfly DSP from Sale-a-bration has retired so I needed to come up with another black and white option.  (For my own use, I stockpiled that DSP and can't wait to use it on some personal cards!). I used the label die from the Rose Trellis thinlit dies (matching the Climbing Roses stamp set and also retiring. (Insert :(  face here - loved this stamp set and matching dies!). The sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set and the ribbon is the lovely Petal Pink and Whisper White 5/8" variegated ribbon that is retiring from the Occasions catalog.

My next 2 projects are 3D projects and again use retiring products.  

I made my birds for the bird cage and the wooden box using the Mirror Image technique (go to my FB page Jeannie Nielsen, the Card Lady) for a quick instruction of the the technique -- I taught it ib yesterday's FB live video (4/23/19) (Hint ... I used the Silicone Sheet and the Stamparatus) to make the birds facing in opposite directions for both projects. I can't share the instructions for the bird cage right now as it's a project that Debby Donovan will be teaching at our June crafting retreat.

The Wood Words stamp set with the Wood Crates thinlits are also retiring.  I filled my little crate with leftover Easter egg candy!   Before you panic ... the Colorful Seasons stamp set is not retiring -- I used the branch from the matching framelits to create the branch for the birds to sit on.  The designer paper is my favorite Wood Textures DSP stack.  The flowers also are stamped in Powder Pink ink and are from the Petal Palette stamp set so those items ARE retiring too.  Get them soon (click on any of the items in my Supply List to connect to my store and purchase these items)!

Anything else you notice that might be retiring?  Yep, some of my favorite Night of Navy gingham ribbon is going away as is the Share What You Love specialty DSP that lines the bottom of my birdcage.  Oh yes, and you'll want the Paper Trimmer and the Big Shot before those items are gone as well!!

*Please note that I have not included all items on my supply list -- I added the items only if they are retiring or are essential to the projects I made.  

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