Part 3: Remarkable You

Did I mention how much I love the Remarkable You stamp set?  I’ve had a great time designing cards with it.  These images are so easy to color and fussy cut — which adds that WOW factor!  The images of the two flower and branch of leaves were stamped on Whisper White cardstock, colored with watercolor pencils and a blender pen, and cut out separately.  Using the Layering Circles Framelits, I die cut two circles in Whisper White, and two slightly larger circles in Pacific Point.  The circles create focal points to highlight the flowers and the sentiment.

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For my next card, I stamping the leaf image on Emerald Envy before fussy cutting it.  I used the large oval from Stitched Shapes Framelits and some rhinestones as the focal point.  

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The stamp set and dies are carrying over into the new catalog.  So you’re sure to see more card designs in the future.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Adirondack chair of Colorful Seasons

Have you seen the Adirondack chair die from the Colorful Seasons Bundle? Nothing says sit back, relax and “just breathe” the fresh air like an Adirondack chair.  I love this die cut shape.  It makes me want to find a cool drink, some sun glasses and enjoy the sunshine!  

Actually, this Colorful Seasons Bundle is probably my favorite bundle in the catalog.  It is one that I know that I’ll be reaching for again and again.  There are so many fun shapes and seasonal images to craft year round — winter, spring, summer and fall.  And, the sentiments are just beautiful and timeless.

colorful seasons stamp ideas

Below is one of the cards from my June stamp camp – which was designed by the very talented Melissa Ellis, another Inky Angel.  It uses five different techniques – tearing, dry embossing, die cutting, sponging and masking – to create depth and interest. It features Tranquil Tide, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and the Wood Textures Designer Series.  To make the background clouds, I created a mask using the cloud images from Up & Away Thinlits and sponged the clouds with Soft Sky.  After dry embossing the Crumb Cake piece using the Softy Falling embossing folder, I sponged Crumb Cake ink on the raised dots using a very light touch.

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The card was accessories with White Perfect Accents and a banner using Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I think it is a good time to sit in the sunshine and study the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Quick Sympathy Card

I often stockpile cards that can be easily modified by adding a quick sentiment.  I just love the simplicity of this card design!  This card also features:  Wild About Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes and Timeless Textures stamp sets.

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All three stamp sets are keepers!  

As I mentioned before, Teeny Tiny Wishes contains 24 greetings for almost every occasion.  And by changing out one of the greetings, this card can be used in so many different ways – as a sympathy card, a get-well card, happy birthday card or thinking of you card.  You’ll want to keep this stamp set handy because you’re going to be using it a lot!

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Wild about Flowers is a Two-Step Stampin’ set, which gives you so many creative options–combine individual stamps to build the final image  in the colors you want.  It also contains several more great sentiments for a retirement card — like “you’ll be missed” and “congratulations on your new adventure”.

wild about flowers stamp set

And finally, the Timeless Textures will add personality to your projects.  You’ll want to keep this one close by too! You can keep your design clean and simple with one image, or layer more images for more depth and character

timeless textures stamp set

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Part 2: High Tide Stamp Set

High Tide is a Two-Step Stampin’ set is terrific for combining several stamped images for capturing a beautiful beach scenes in the colors you want.  This is a photopolmer stamp set which is totally transparent to ensure perfect image placement every time!

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high tide card idea

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This stamp set is available from my on-line store; just click on this link or the SHOP tab above.

And if you need inspiration, would like to learn stamping techniques or craft with friends, I offer monthly workshops and stamp camps.  Just click on the CONTACT ME tab above.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Card Making – Random Acts of Kindness

I have mixed feelings about social media posts.  It is wonderful for keeping up with friends and family.  The photographs of the crazy antics of kids, grandkids and cute puppy dogs make me smile.  And, I love seeing the photos that my good friends post of gorgeous sunsets on the water and beautiful flowers.  It can be a daily outpouring of love, laughter and encouragement.  It can also be a real downer with negativity!

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As a card maker, you have the ability to send sunshine through the mail.  Social media only provides the sunshine for a split second.  But, a card sends a powerful and lasting message that you really and truly care!  On a particularly bad day, an unexpected card in the mail can be a ray of sunshine!  On a good day, it is icing on the cake!  Finding a card unexpectedly in the mail box will make me do a happy dance!

Here are some cards that I received in the mail from some very talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators — from left to right: Jacki Lawrence from Illinois, Toni Campana from North Carolina, and Narelle Fasulo from Australia.  Yes, that’s right — Australia.  These random act of kindness cards were sent by talented crafters in the Stampin’ Up! family and these are treasured gifts from ladies who know the joy of making and sending cards and who thought of me!

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So here is my challenge to you — MAKE a card and SEND a card, TODAY!  It will certainly put a smile on your face imaging the recipient doing a happy dance at the mailbox!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Part 2: Remarkable You

Here is another card that I stamped and colored using my watercolor pencils and a blender pen using the Remarkable You stamp set.

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Staring with 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped and masked the flower image on the right, then stamped the image on the left.  I used the brush tip of my Basic Black stampin’ write marker to extend the stem.  I added my sentiment in close, and matted this piece on a piece of Old Olive cut to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2.

Next I stamped the blossoms on scrap Whisper White cardstock and colored them using the Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils and blender pen.  I then fussy cut the blossoms and adhered them with snail and some carefully placed dimensionals.  Notice how the fussy cut flower extends over the left edge of the card. This is an easy way to add instant wow factor to your handmade card.

All of these products are available on my on-line store.  Just click on the tab above.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

 

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today, my family “surprised” me with another giant greeting card.  Over the years, it has become a tradition for me to receive “extra large” mother’s day card filled with lots of love!  I have quite a collection with surprisingly no duplicates!  

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My darling son did truly surprise me with a bouquet of flowers.  I haven’t had flowers in many, many years.  Of course, I teased him that he also “gave me the bird” for mother’s day as the bouquet had a cute little wooden stick figure bird in the collection.  And darling daughter gave me a nice card with beautiful personalized message inside.

And, so you must be wondering what handmade card I gave my mother?????

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Why,  the precious deer and doe from “In the Meadow” stamp set, of course!  She loves to watch the deer on the golf course.  They hop their fence to enjoy munching on Dad’s flower beds  

And, here is the handcrafted card that my darling baby sister made using “Birds & Blooms” thinlits and “Woodgrain” embossing folder.   She has attended exactly four stamp camps and she created this work of art for Mom!  What can I say, we both inherited our crafting genes from Mom!

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Well, I hope you shared a wonderful mother’s day with your family and friends.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Lisa

High Tide

Do you hear the beach calling your name?  Or the light from the lighthouse beckoning you?  Well, this is one stamp set that you’re definitely going to want to play with in your craft room!  The High Tide is a a Two-Step Stampin’ set that can be used in lots of different ways.  The images are perfect for someone who loves the beach, nature and the outdoors.  Change the colors, and it makes a handsome masculine card.  And paired the right sentiment, you’ll make a lovely encouragement card for someone special.

high tide stamp image

Here, I used my watercolor pencils and aqua painters to create a soft sunrise using just three colors:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pacific Point.

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Here I used the two-step stampin’ technique to create depth and changed the colors to create a more masculine card using Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Soft Sky and Crumb Cake inks.

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And finally, here are some more ideas from the catalog.

high tide card idea

This is a great set — did you notice how the flying seagulls were used differently in each card design?  This is accomplished by selectively inking the stamp image plus thoughtful placement.  

Until next time, happy crafting and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Oh So Succulent

Hello to my crafting friends!  Thank you for stopping by.

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Today, I have two projects with instructions from Stampin’ Up!  These projects feature the Oh So Succulent Stamp Set and Succulents Framelits dies from the 2017 Occasions catalog. So, treat yourself to a fun afternoon of stamping using instructions provided below.

Download card instructions here.

Download small gift bag instructions here.

This stamp set and coordinating die will be retired by the end of May, and right now is a great time to purchase them as a deep discount.  The Oh So Succulent Stamp Set was $21.00, but is available for $15.75 (25% savings) here.  And, the coordinating Succulents Dies were $33.00, but are available for just $16.50 (50% saving)  here.  And, the coordinating designer paper was $11, but is available for $6.60 (40% saving) here.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

 

Lovely as a Tree

These timeless tree images will fill any landscape and keep you in tune with nature. They’re great for watercoloring a sunrise, sunset or night scene.

lovely as a tree stamp

Lovely as a Tree was my very first Stampin’ Up! purchase years ago!  And thankfully, it is still in the catalog!  It is truly timeless, and I continue to reach for it, over and over again!

Any way, here are some cards that I’ve made over the years using this stamp set.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and happy wishes!

Lisa