Monday, April 20, 2015

Vintage Chic Embellished Kraft Grid Journal HSS210

Pin It Now! The sketch from Hand Stamped Sentments this week really intrigued me!  I love the scattered flowers across the front. I used this sketch to embellish a kraft grid journal with butterflies, buttons, and bling.

If I don't end up passing this along to a friend as a gift, I'll probably use it to copy my daily scriptures.  Have you seen the Bible journaling trend?  I thought I could use this on the run to help make my Bible quotes stick, all pretty like. 
Here's a pic of my mess :D 
Head on over to HSS and play along this week!  I'd love to see ya.

STAMPS: Papillon Potpourri, Feels Goods
INK: Versamark, White Stampin Emboss, Crumb Cake
PAPER: Kraft Grid Journal
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Artisan Embellishment Kit Spring 2015 Mini, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, Pink Pirouette Seam Binding Ribbon, Sahara Sand Lace Trim, Bsic Rhinestones

Monday, April 6, 2015

Watercolor Wash Technique with Countless Sayings 2

Pin It Now! Here's a fun and fast technique I discovered on Stampin' Up!'s YouTube channel this week. I was eager to try it out. It's a simple watercolor wash over an open script stamp-a sentiment with blank space in the letters.
Here's a link to the video:

I used Whisper White paper on this sample, but you might have even better results with the watercoloring on actual watercolor paper.
The cute random dot background is created with a pencil eraser! The tiny dots are made with the pointy tip of the Stampin' Write! Markers.
And we don't have Bermuda Bay Seam Binding Ribbon, you say?  Just sponge our Very Vanilla SBR and you have custom colored ribbon.
My color combo is inspired by our latest color challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  Head on over and play along!

STAMPS: Countless Sayings 2
INK:  Mossy Meadow, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, White Stampin' Emboss Powder
PAPER: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
EMBELLISHMENTS:  sequins, Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon, sponge, Linen Thread, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Bunny Does the Happy Dance for HSSSC208

Pin It Now! This sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments will have you pulling out embellishments and ribbons from all corners of your craft room.

Lots going on here! The oval shape is just perfect for the Happy Easter Bunny stamp, and I got another chance to use my Bow Builder Punch, embellished with a little sequin and a rhinestone.  I love coloring the bunny and the little vine around him!  For the side circles, I used vellum with a Starburst die cut in half and hole punched with a Crop-A-Dile.  I love using vellum to add layers. 
Hop on over to HSS and play along!  

STAMPS: Happy Easter Bunny (Spring 2015 mini)
INK:  Memento Black, Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight
PAPER: Brights DSP stack, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Vellum
EMBELLISHMENTS: Bermuda Bay sequin trim, Strawberry Slush Thick Twine, Basic Rhinestones,Bow  Builder Punch

Monday, February 23, 2015

Butterfly Basics Birthday HSSSC206

Pin It Now! I thoroughly enjoyed myself making today's card!  I love layers, and these are subtle, but there are plenty of them.
The sentiment panel is made up of several stamps from Butterfly Basics, then spritzed, then pierced with the coordinating piercing template.  The butterfly is a leftover wax paper layer that I used so that all the little bits don't stick in the thinlit!  I love how it's so very thin and translucent, but doesn't add bulk. I also added a sponged layer of roses stenciled with a paper laser cut sheet from this spring's Artisan Embellishment Kit.  
The sketch we are offering at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week is a great one. 
Inside, just a couple of DSP strips to complement the front.  
STAMPS: Butterfly Basics
INK: Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Lost Lagoon, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White Craft
PAPER: All Abloom DSP Stack, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
EMBELLISHMENTS: Artisan Embellishment Kit Spring 2015 (pearl), 
BIG SHOT: Framelits Labels, Large Polka Dot TIEF, Butterfly Thinlits
OTHER: Piercing Pack, wax paper, Spritzing Tool

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Clean and Quick Thank You Notes with Simply Wonderful.

Pin It Now! Happy Day to you!  I'm passing the time today watching the snow from my craft room window and looking for a little card challenge for a little fun.  I found Can You Case It and they're looking for a 10 minute card.

Here's my 10 minute card...
And this one took about 20.
I CASE'd inspiration from the latest Stampin' Success magazine.  I always read it from cover to cover and try to glean lots of inspiration.  
Check out all the great samples at CYCI by clicking on their graphic.
I was happy to use a little of my Stacked with Love DSP even though Valentine's Day is behind us. I plan to use it up!  These TY's are for my son to give for birthday gifts he received, so they're a bit on the masculine side - he turned 14 :D. 

STAMPS: Simply Wonderful
INK: Craft White, Versamark Clear, White Stampin' Emboss
PAPER: Stacked With Love DSP Stack, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Basic Black
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Frosted Sequins, Island Indigo Bakers Twine, Banner Punch, Artisan Embellishment kit (purple ribbon)
BIG SHOT: On Film Framelits, Lg Polka Dot TIEF

Monday, February 9, 2015

More than Butterfly Basics HSSCC205

Pin It Now! Butterflies on a greeting card are always a good idea. They are ethereal, beautiful, miraculous, and delicate.

Butterfly Basics is the prettiest set out there now, and the matching Framelits make a pretty card light work!

Here, I have created my thank you card, borrowing the ink resist idea from Breelin, and CASEing the sketch from the Spring Occasions Mini pg. 27.  The colors for the challenge stumped me a little, because I don't have the Birthday Bash DSP that contains these colors.  So, I showcased each color on a die cut butterfly with Irresistably Yours DSP, sponging each one in a different color, and letting the emboss resist pattern do it's trick!  I like the way it turned out!
A couple of embellishments from the Artisan Embellishment kit anchors the center butterfly, and the "thank you" from Lotus Blossom is stamped on a tag die cut from the Curvy Keepsakes Box.  I wish I was one of those people that could stick to one stamp set, and not be allllll over the place with supplies.  But...I guess, if you got 'em, use 'em!

My card is oversized at 4" x 6-1/2", so I handmade an envelope with the punch board.  Easy peasy, and how cute!

Hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and give this combo a try...I'd love to see what you're up to!

Have a blessed and creative day ~ Erika

STAMPS: Butterfly Basics, Dictionary, Lotus Blossom
INK:  Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral
PAPER:  Irresistably Yours DSP (Sale-A-Bration 2015), Crumb Cake, Whisper White, In Color DSP Stack, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
EMBELLISHMENTS: Artisan Embellishment Kit (metal button, doily), white twine, sequin
BIG SHOT: Butterflies, Apothecary Accents, Curvy Keepsake Box (round tag) Thinlits Dies. 
OTHER: Envelope Punch Board, Sponges

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Bunny's Happy Dance

Pin It Now! Isn't this the cutest Easter bunny ever?  It rivals Stampin' Up's beloved chocolate bunny in the sweetness department.  It's nice and big, easy to color, and makes a BIG statement!

Here I've used our latest sketch from HSS to showcase my cutie.
Those embellishments on the top...amazingly beautiful!  The resin rose, pearls, and the doilies are all included in SU's latest Artisan Embellishment Kit. The bunny is colored with Blendabilities skin assortment, in Nude and Blush for the belly.  I used a variety of markers and Blendabilities for the flowers, eggs, and leaves, depending on what colors I needed.  I used only one doily - cut in half and strategically placed.  
And some glitter on his tail!  
Inside, I chose a retired sentiment, as I wanted to stamp something in there, but "Happy Easter" is already emblazoned on the front.  So since the bunny is dancing, and Easter is the most important Christian holiday, "celebrate" is totally appropriate!
Here's the sketch...what can you do with it this week?  Head on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and have fun!  

STAMPS: Happy Easter Bunny, Inviting (ret)
INK:  Memento Black, Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight. Blendabilities: Skin Tone Assortment, Old Olive light. 
PAPER:  Painted Blooms DSP, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Artisan Embellishment Kit, Wild Wasabi seam binding ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
OTHER: Creative Memories oval cutting system