Friday, April 23, 2021

Watercolouring with Snow Front & Best Year Stamp Sets for FMS#482

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Today's post is a fun one - watercolouring -   Karren at Freshly Made Sketches has inspired  us with a really neat sketch.  Please click on either my card or the FMS image to go directly to their blog post.  The fabulous Snow Front and Waterfront stamp sets are retiring May 3 2021.  If you love watercolouring these two stamp sets are a must have for your collection.  Check out this project using 3 ink colours, Water Painters and Shimmery White Cardstock to create a Father's Day Card, perfect for the nature enthusiast! 

And here's the card details:

:)  Sneak Peek of a New In Colors available May 4, 2021 in the new Annual Catalogue.  Evening Evergreen is used for the evergreen tree stamp and the cardstock base, but Mossy Meadow would be equally as beautiful and it's always available as one of the Neutrals Color pack.  Mossy Meadow is listed on the supply list link at the bottom of this post. 

8 1/2 x 7 piece of new In Color Evening Evergreen Cardstock, score the 7 inch side at 3 1/2 and fold to create a Slimline card.

8 1/2 x 3 1/8 Shimmery White Cardstock.

Watercolouring 'Trix' & Assembly:

*  Using the widest Water Painter brush wet the middle section of the Shimmery White Cardstock across the full length of the card. ***Trix, I find it best to lay down a layer of water first and let it seep into the paper before I stamp so when the ink touches the paper it bleeds a bit and enhances the natural watercolour look of the stamped image.  

*  Stamp the images across the card to create a scene.  The FMS#482 Challenge inspired this horizontal scene.  I used Pear Pizzaz for the grassy section of land on the left, followed by Evening Evergreen (a sneak peek for you - it's available May 4 in the new Annual Catalogue) You could use any green you prefer, the supplies list below suggests Mossy Meadow.   The water is Balmy Blue.

***Trix, Using the two smaller Water Painters, blend the lines of the stamped image to enhance  the watercolour look.  Blend the water image to create a line similar to FMS #482 sketch.

*  Set aside to dry and then adhere to Mossy Meadow Cardstock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  ***Trix, If the Shimmery White curls a bit as it dries simply adhere with glue, and set aside with a couple of punches sitting on top to flatten it as the glue adheres.

*  Stamp the sentiment with Evening Evergreen ink and adhere with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.

Please click here Father's Day Watercoloured Card supplies  to purchase the Retiring Snow Front stamp set  Please use Host Code 4SAMCCJA when you place your order using my online store, and then I can send you a little gift with your thank you card after May 4th.

Here's the link Last - Chance Products Sale  available til May 3, 2021.  Please use Host Code 4SAMCCJA when you place your order using my  online store, and then I can send you a little gift with your thank you card after May 4th.

Enjoy and have a super day!


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Art Deco Vintage for #TGIFC312 with the new Color Contour Bundle

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Todays card is inspired by my Great Great Grandmother's 1930's linen kitchen apron!  Yes seriously!   I found this apron earlier this year and immediately I knew I needed to make a card.  Fast forward to this week, when the TGIF Challenge Design Team inspired us with a Technique Challenge - Vintage! Yay! time to create!  Please click on either my card or the TGIF Challenges image to go directly to the TGIF 312 Vintage Challenge.

And here's the card details:

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Very Vanilla Thick card base

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Very Vanilla card stock

* New Color & Contour Bundle (available May 4)

Assembly and 'Trix'

* Draw a pattern of vertical lines using Light Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Marker (I was copying the subtle pattern within the linen of the apron) 

* Stamp the flower using Misty Moonlight ink, using first generation and second generation stamping all over the Very Vanilla layer.

* Colour the flowers with Stampin' Blends Markers.  ***Trix - I always recommend using Memento Black ink when using blends, but this time I really wanted the Misty Moonlight colour, so I set my stamped images aside for a few extra minutes to dry before colouring.  And I only used one colour at a time, let it fully dry and then added more colour in different areas.  For example I coloured all the centers of the flowers first and then came back and coloured another area of the image, taking care not to blend the colours.   You could use Stampin' Write Markers or Watercolor Pencils instead of course, I just happened to have the colours I needed in blends.   

* Colours used, Light Misty Moonlight, Light Old Olive, Light Pumpkin Pie, Dark Balmy Blue. 

* I also used a little small image stamp from a retired Paper Pumpkin kit as a filler stamp, coloured with the same colours as above.

* Cut the image layer with the largest scalloped die from the Scalloped Contours Dies and adhere to the card base using Stampin' Dimensionals.

* Stamp the greeting with Misty Moonlight, die cut with a smaller scalloped rectangle and adhere using dimensionals.  ***Trix - before adhering the greeting, use Stampin' Seal on the back of the scalloped rectangle and lay the Scalloped Lace Trim over it, then adhere both to the card front.

*****  Want to get the Color & Contour Bundle now?  Click here Join Stampin' Up!®  and add this bundle to your kit! *****

*****  Remember the  Last Chance Products Sale continues.  Don't miss out on grabbing some great deals while supplies last.  Please use Host Code 4SAMCCJA and I will send you a little gift with your thank you card in May.

Here is a few other pictures you may enjoy.  I was so excited to find my mom's handwritten note in the pocket, and check out how closely the scalloped lace trim is to the original lace on the apron.


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Color & Contour and Best Year stamp sets for PP537

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Today's card is inspired by a flower in my garden and the Paper Players Clean-And-Simple Challenge.  Please click on either my card or the Paper Players image to go directly to their blog post #PP537 and prepare to be inspired!

I'm excited to use the new In Color's but I'm also sad to say goodbye to some favourites.  SU's  #simplestamping challenge for the month of April is a SIP card with a favourite retiring item, and for me that's the Subtle 3D Embossing folder retiring May 3.  I'm really going to miss this one because it offers such a beautiful soft texture to the paper, enhancing the stamped images.  I've added a close up picture of it.

The new In Color 2021-2023 for today is Evening Evergreen - a beautiful dark, deep, rich, forest green.  The flower I chose from the new Color & Contour stamp set (available May 4) looked like the Hellebore flower I have blooming in my garden right now, it is an evergreen plant.  The gorgeous flowers bloom in spring, but the leaves last all year and are very dark green, like Evening Evergreen, so that became my inspiration.  Please see my flower photo from my garden and let me know if I've captured a likeness  :) 

And here's the card details:

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Thick Very Vanilla card base ( 5 1/2x 8 1/2 folded in half)

4 x 5 1/4 Very Vanilla card stock layer


* Stamp the sentiment with Merry Merlot ink.

* Stamp the flower image with Evening Evergreen new In Color 2021-2023.  

* Blend a tiny bit of Merry Merlot ink using a Blender Pen  ** I did this because I was trying to replicate the flower in my garden which has vanilla petals and the slightest hint of dark red in the centre.  

* Emboss this stamped layer with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder - my retiring fav!

* Adhere the layer to the card base using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Love this texture!  Click here to buy the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder  Item #151775

The new leaves are lighter green at this time of year, but they darken (see the leaf on the ground) and they last the entire year, a beautiful 'evening evergreen' colour :)   I hope I've inspired you to look around and be inspired by nature.

Enjoy and have a super day!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Soft Succulent with Pretty Peacock for Fab Friday 211

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I have another sneak peek for you today :)   A new In Color named Soft Succulent!    I used it to create todays card for the Fab Friday Challenge #211.  Please click on either my card or the Fab Friday image to go directly to their blog post.

Soft Succulent is just as the name suggests, a soft green, the kind of green you might find on a succulent cactus.  Whenever I provide a sneak peek I like to show it with existing and sometimes retiring products so you can really see the coordination and longevity Stampin' Up! products provide!  The card base is Pretty Peacock, a retiring 2019-2021 In Color, but look how well these two colours go together!  The flower is coloured with Mint Macaron and Just Jade Stampin' Blends Markers, awesome coordination!

And here's the card details:

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Pretty Peacock card base ( 4 1/4 x 11 folded in half to create a portrait orientation)
4 x 5 1/4 Soft Succulent card layer
4 x 2 3/4 Basic White care stock layer


* Emboss the soft Succulent layer with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder *Retiring and adhere to the Pretty Peacock *Retiring card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. 
* Stamp the sentiment from the Best Year stamp set in the middle of the Basic White card layer using Memento Black Ink.
* Stamp the arching blossoms from the Forever Blossoms stamp set to create a curve, wrapping around the sentiment with Memento Black Ink.  I'm hoping the curve of this flower stem looks like the oval shape as per the challenge design.  :)
*  Colour the flower with Stampin' Blends Markers.  I used Mint Macaron and Just Jade because I wanted to see how well all the greens coordinate together.  I don't have the Soft Succulent Blends yet, but they're in my next order ;)
* Adhere the the stamped layer to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals and embellish with Metallic Pearls.  Its hard to see in the picture, but these fabulous pearls take on a slight green colour when surrounded by the greens of the card and blend beautifully while adding bling.

Enjoy and have a super day!

Retiring Items:  Please click on the items below to go directly to my online store:

Click here to buy the  Subtle 3D Embossing Folder  Item # 151775

Click here to buy the  2019-2021 In Color Cardstock Assortment  Item# 149701          

Watercolouring with Snow Front & Best Year Stamp Sets for FMS#482

  Hello and thx for visiting! Today's post is a fun one - watercolouring -   Karren at Freshly Made Sketches has inspired  us with a rea...