Thursday, February 28, 2013

Playing with Pleasant Poppies - Day 2

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I was cruising one evening (if you haven't been there, check it out - TONS of stamping ideas!!!), when I came across this beautiful card by Karen Barber (actually, all of her work is just beautiful).

So, I adapted the card a bit to fit the supplies I had on hand and this is what I came up with.  A little simpler than hers, but still pretty, I think.  I showed these poppy cards to my mom and of the four, this one is her favorite (but she's a sucker for anything with gingham or polka dots).

To make this card, you'll need:

Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade (retired), and Basic Black cardstock
Ink: Basic Black Craft Ink, Old Olive marker, Poppy Parade refill ink (retired)
Stamps: Pleasant Poppies (background stamp)
Other: Adhesive (I used Snail), Black Embossing Powder, ribbon (I just used up a piece from my stash), Big Shot, Bigz XL Tasteful Trim die (that's how I got the large scallop at the bottom), Aqua Painter (use with ink refills to achieve the watercolored look).

Monday, February 25, 2013

Playing with Pleasant Poppies - Day 1

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Good morning!  While most people grumbled about the wicked weather of these past few days, I called into work for a day of PTO, flipped on the fireplace, opened the blinds (so I could watch the storm) and got down to playing.  I had bought the background stamp Pleasant Poppies when it first came out because poppies always remind me of the train rides I took across Italy a few years back.  Poppies always look so happy, and so light & playful.  But, as sometimes happens, the stamp set got pushed aside in the busy-ness of everyday life & I never used it.  So, I decided to dust it off and put it to use.  And the end result is that I have four great cards to share with you, so check back in the coming days for more fruits of my labor.

To create this card, I used:
Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade (retired), Marina Mist, and Basic Black cardstock
Ink: Old Olive marker, Marina Mist & Poppy Parade ink refills, black craft ink, Island Indigo marker
Stamps: Pleasant Poppies (background stamp)
Other: adhesive (snail and sticky strip), black embossing powder & heat tool, aqua painter, color spritzer tool

Steps & Tips: 
  • Cut the Whisper White layer - I used 4.75"x3.5".
    Heat emboss the Pleasant Poppies image with Basic Black Craft ink & Black embossing powder.
  • Using your Aqua Painter & a small amount of Marina Mist ink refill, lightly watercolor the background with Marina Mist ink.
  • When the paper dries, color in the stems with Old Olive marker.  Use your Aqua Painter and Poppy Parada ink refill to watercolor in the image.  I like a bolder image, so I used the refill straight out of the bottle.  If you like a softer image, dilute it with water.
  • Once the image is dry, use your Color Spritz tool & Island Indigo marker to spritz a little color here and there to add a bit of interest.  Set aside for a few minutes so the spritz can dry.
  • While you are waiting for the drying process in the steps above, you can assemble your card.  My card is just half of an 8.5"x11" sheet of Basic Black cardstock, cut in half.  The half is then folded in half, so you end up with a 4.25"x5.5" card, which fits perfectly in our envelopes.  The Poppy Parade strip is 4.25"x2.5".  The Marina Mist layer is 1/8" larger on all sides than the Whiper White layer.
  • Tip:  The paper curled a bit because of the watercolor technique, so I used sticky strip (which is a bit stronger than Snail) to adhere the Whisper White layer to the Marina Mist layer.  And then I used snail adhesive for the rest of the layers.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Color Challenge: cQc #177

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I saw the current color challenge over at the ColourQ blog, and immediately thought the colors would be great for a masculine card or for Christmas cards.  I opted for a Christmas card so that I would have a head start on them for this year (and also because I was to lazy to go find my more masculine sets)! 

I also received my most recent order from Stampin' Up! this past week and instead of putting things away immediately, I have decided to challenge myself to use each item at least once before putting it away.  Too often, things get put away and then I don't use them quickly.  So, those items were the Scallop Circle die, the 3-1/2" circle die, the Pool Party Embossing Powder, the Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon and the Pool Party Baker's Twine.  All in all, a successful challenge, I think!

So now on to the create this card, you'll need:

Ink: Always Artichoke for the pine branches.  I also broke the rules a bit, and used a tinge of Basic Gray (marker) for the tops of the ornaments and for the sentiment because I didn't have a Cherry Cobbler or Kraft Marker and I thought going with Always Artichoke would make for too much green in that "corner" of the circle. I also didn't have anything in Always Artichoke, so I substituted Old Olive.  I used our Illuminate pad to stamp the snowflakes on the Pool Party and Always Artichoke squares in the background.  And if you plan to emboss like I did, you'll need some Versamark ink.

Cardstock: all five colors from the challenge: Cherry Cobbler, Pool Party, Kraft/Crumb Cake, Whisper White, and Always Artichoke (I used Old Olive).

Stamps: a Christmas sentiment (I used a portion of a stamp from the For the Birds set), pine branches (I used the pine bough from Watercolor Winter), snowflakes or other background stamps for the faint background on the Pool Party and Always Artichoke squares (I used Snowflake Soiree), ornament stamps (I used Ornament Keepsakes).

Other: Big Shot machine, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, ribbon and bakers twine (I used Pool Party Baker's Twine and Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon, and some retired narrow ribbon in Old Olive), Scallop Circle Die, 3-1/2" circle die, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, and Pool Party Embossing Powder, an Embossing Heat Tool and Smooch to paint over the branches for a snowy look.

This picture isn't the greatest - I was having a hard time with glare from the embossing powder - but it does show you the highlights from the embossing powder and smooch.  It also shows you two different ways you can layout your ornaments.

  • I used Smooch on the branches for a subtle snowy shimmer.  You could also use a Versamark marker and Iridiscent Ice for a blingier effect.
  • I used a marker to color just the "Merry Christmas" part of the For the Birds stamp.
  • I stamped snowflakes on the Pool Party and Old Olive squares to add sublte interest.  You could use any stamps that works for backgrounds.  You could also use Versamark or Pool Party and Old Olive ink for a more dramatic effect.  Or you could emboss them with any number of our Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.
  • The Pool Party ornament is embossed with Pool Party Embossing Powder; the Cherry Cobbler ornament was stamped with Versamark, then Cherry Cobbler ink, then I used Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder on it.
  • You can get directions for an Easel Card here.
  • The layout of this card inspired my layout.
  • You might have also noticed that my card is larger than the standard 4.25"x5.5" card.  I did that to accomodate the Scallop Circle Die, which is almost 5" in diameter.  Luckily, I have some old envelopes in my stash that will accomodate them, so I designed them with those envelopes in mind.  My envelopes are roughly 5"x7".  So my card is 5"x5" when closed.  So for the easel directions, I cut one square of Crumb Cake to 5"x5", and I cut the other piece to 5"x10" then scored at the 5" and 2.5" marks.
  • When you decorate the bottom of the base, make sure you add enough layers/thickness that it can hold up the card when it's open.
  • Don't forget to decorate the inside for an added surprise!  I will stamp a sentiment or write a note next December when I get ready to mail it.

Monday, February 11, 2013


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