Friday, May 29, 2020

To Brighten Your Day

I'm  back today showcasing a card made with the beautiful Lovely Lotus stamp set. When Korin brought it out of the vault recently I knew I had to have it.





I stamped the images from Lovely Lotus and Made New with Ranger Archival black ink onto Canson XL watercolor paper. I colored them with Altenew's Spring Garden Watercolor Brush Markers (moss, rubellite & sea breeze). I fussy cut out out the flowers and used the coordinating die for the butterfly.

I stamped the Delightfully Delicate Background on pretty in pink paper with coordinating ink. This image is very easy to line up and create a continuous background. I die cut the pink and white panels with the Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 from My Favorite Things. I stamped the sentiment from Encouraging Thoughts and small dragonfly in black ink and assembled as seen, popping the pink panel and butterfly up with foam tape.








Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Karen

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps May Release Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sweet n' Sassy Stamps May Release Hop! There's another fabulous release in the SNSS shop that we've been stamping with and we're so excited to share our projects with you! Hop along and leave a little comment love for the designers linked below and you just might be a lucky winner! One lucky comment from all the comments along the hop will win a $10 gift voucher to the Sweet n' Sassy Stamps shop. Winner will be announced on the SNSS blog, Wednesday, May 20.

You guys are going to love these new sets!

For my first card, I used the gorgeous butterfly set Begin Again. I love butterflies and I love this set! I stamped the large butterfly with VersaFine Clair black ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder. I colored the image with Arteza Real Brush Pens (bumblebee yellow, orange, red) and fussy cut out. I die cut the white panel and splattered with orange and yellow ink. I stamped the sentiment with black ink, put a strip of washi tape underneath it and taped the panel to the yellow card base. As the final step, I attached the butterfly to the white panel, popping it up with foam tape.



For my second card, I used Begin Again and the May Stamp of the Month Encouraging Thoughts. Love the sentiments in the SOTM! I started by stamping the small and medium butterflies from Begin Again in VersaFine Clair black ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder. I colored with Arteza Real Brush Pens (bumblebee yellow, rouge pink and arctic blue) and fussy cut out. I had a little oops when I was fussy cutting and accidentally cut the antennas off the pink butterfly. My fellow design team member, Sheri Gilson, suggested I stamp the butterfly in black and position my colored one over the top for a bit of depth. I cut the antennas off the other two butterflies, die cut my white layering piece and stamped the butterflies in black ink in the center of the panel, spacing evenly. I stamped the sentiment from Encouraging Thoughts on the layering panel and adhered to the card base. Finally, I attached the butterflies popping them up with foam tape. I think I am finally getting more comfortable with creating clean and simple cards (CAS).




For my last card, I used the beautiful new set In This Together. As many of you know, this was released last month as a digital set. Korin had lots of requests to make it into a clear stamp set, so she did and included a few new sentiments with it. The images are so pretty colored up! I stamped the teacup with Ranger Archival black ink onto Canson XL watercolor paper. I colored the image with Altenew's Spring Garden Watercolor Brush Markers (moss, warm sunshine, rubellite and evening gray) and fussy cut out. I die cut the white panel and green pattern paper. Next, I taped the pattern paper onto the white panel, stamped the sentiment in black and attached the panel to the card base. As the last step, I adhered the teacup with foam tape and glued on a few sequins. I utilized sketch 434 from Freshly Made Sketches for my layout.








Thanks for stopping by and your next stop on the hop is the amazing Lee Ann Barrett!


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Thinking of You

I love butterflies and can never have enough butterfly stamp sets! Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps just released a brand new butterfly set and I had to play with it first. Today's card features two of the new releases, Begin Again and Encouraging Thoughts.



I started by stamping and embossing the butterfly with black ink and embossing powder on Canson XL watercolor paper. I colored the image with Arteza Real Brush Pens (bumblebee yellow and rouge pink) and fussy cut out. I die cut the layering pieces and used the same color ink to splatter on the rectangular one. I found some coordinating washi tape in my stash and put it across the top, stamped the words in black and attached layering pieces as seen popping the butterfly up with foam tape. I utilized the previous Freshly Made Sketches #432 for my layout. This layout great for quick cards!






Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Karen

Friday, April 24, 2020

You are a Blessing

Hey friends! I'm back with another encouragement card, my favorite kind to create. I had this idea in my head as soon as I saw the brand new April Stamp of the Month, Friendship is a Blessing.




I started by die cutting my black and white layering pieces with dies from Gina Marie Designs. I stamped the image from Blessings in Disguise on Canson XL watercolor paper with VersaFine Clair Nocture ink. I colored the flower  with Arteza Real Brush Pens (light magenta, crocodile green, sunset yellow) and fussy cut out. I dug deep in my stash to find a four square stencil. I centered it on the white panel and sponged with Bashful Blue ink. Which really isn't so bashful after a few layers. For the words, I used a combination of sentiments from the above stamp sets and Sweet Little Lamb. I stamped them in the same black ink as the flower. I had to mask off part of the sentiment from Sweet Little Lamb so I could just use the "You are a" part. Then, I assembled the card and popped the flower up for some dimension.





Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Karen

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Miss You So Much & FMS431

I'm sharing a card I made for the current Freshly Made Sketches #431. I am finally learning how to use digi stamps with the release of  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps new digital set, In This Together. I love the images and the sentiments in this set!




I started by printing out the digi stamp and sentiment onto Canson XL Mixed Media Paper. I watercolored the teapot with Arteza Real Brush Pens (ginger, cadmium orange, olive green, wine red, rouge pink, bumble bee yellow and sunset yellow) and fussy cut out. I used a craft knife to cut out the inside of the handle. Next, I stamped the library card from Your Story on creamy cardstock with Antique Linen Distress ink and cut out. I stamped the script from Texture Tiles 1 in Sage Shadow ink onto the library card (unfortunately, it doesn't show up well in the photo) and lightly roughed up the edges with a distress tool.

I gently sponged the edges of the kraft base, words and library card with Antique Linen. I dry embossed a piece of Handsome Hunter cardstock with old cuttlebug folder. I attached the embossed piece to the cardbase and wrapped some twine around the front (adhering under the teapot). I assemble the rest of the card as seen popping the teapot and sentiment up with foam tape.

I had every intention of following the sketch exactly. After I dry embossed the cardstock, I realized it wasn't wide enough to work right so I decided to flip the sketch. This is in no way a clean and simple card, but I enjoyed working with the sketch. I like how it turned out!







Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Karen