Thursday, April 26, 2018

Painted Harvest and Tic Tac Toe challenge 045

I have such a hard time just choosing the way to play TTTC that often I just don't. Sad, I know, it's a great challenge. But today I looked at the new board put up and that top row just spoke to me, and a stamp set jumped into my head,  and honestly, that is the biggest decision.

This is Painted Harvest.  Sunflowers, right? Or is it? We have used it for Christmas and everything in between.  For this one I started with a brand new incolor, Blueberry Bushel.  I didn't know SU was missing a blue, but it was, and this is it. 

It's also the perfect set for using a stamp positioner, like the new Stamperatus.  Stampin Up's new positioner is in the new catalog and some of you have it already.

Here is the challege board, be sure to check out the team's posts and why not come and play.

See the top row? That was my choice. Floral, Metallic, Punch

My colors for this are: Blueberry bushel, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White.
I stamped 2 of the flowers on my white layer using a stamp positioner, then I made a mask, by stamping the flower and cutting around it and put it over the flower I was added a leaf to.  There are a couple of stamped leaves buried under the sentiment, but that is ok, it allowed me to position it for my last flower.

After stamping my last flower and cutting it out, then punching out the leaves, I put my sentiment piece down looking to see what the best placement would be. Added my leaves that had been punched and then put down my last flower using a dimentional.

This was truly a challenge fun to make!   I hope you enjoy and take away from it ideas for your own stamping.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Getting away from it all. StampinUp sneak peek, GDP 135 challenge

Maybe it's because we haven't been back to CA to see the ocean in a very long time, or maybe this cute little set just called to me for some other reason. But I love it.  Great stamps and dies and a DSP set to go with as well.

Here is the GDP challenge, I'm playing along with, come, see what the whole team has done with this.

I decided to use the brand new incolors for this.  If you love a bright, real yellow, this is your color. Pineapple Punch.  Along side this, all our other yellows have some gold or orange in them.
I also used, Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron (it's back) Grampefruit Grove, Blueberry Bushel and Whisper White.
I used the new Pineapple Punch for my card base then added the WW, with a cut of the new DSP at 5 1/2"x 2 1/2".  Glued the DSP to the white leaving the space for sky and sun.    Then I cut my oval in white, put it on my stamp positioner, used the long water stamp in the set in Mint Macaron and then moved the stamp up just a tiny bit and stamped again in Tranquil Tide so they went between the lines.
I used my Aqua painter to spread the water lines just a little. 

Stamped my boats in black and colored those in using my blender pen touched to the ink pad.  There is a chemical in that pen that usually won't cause it to run using dye ink.
I put the little squiggles under each boat to show the reflection.

Then I used a watercolor pencil to scribble some sky in and spread it a bit with the aqua painter. Punched out my sun, going around it with the Pineapple ink.
Lucky me I had some retired Mint Macaron ribbon to use!    I put that around my white/DSP, glued my white oval to a Tranquil Tide stitched oval and popped it all up with Dimentionals.

The sentiment is from Glamper Greetings, which will retire at the end of May.

I hope you enjoyed.  I'd love to hear what you think.  If you want answers, I'd love to give them, but Blogger doesn't let me have email's, so you'll have to ask and come back for an answer.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2018-2019 Annual catalog Sneak Peek, FMS332

I have to warn you all that I did use a couple of retired items here, but they were needed. One was the Marina Mist ribbon, long retired, and the other is the strip of DSP, it came from the Holiday catalog. You could recreate the look by sponging your colors on fairly easily. 

So, the adorable image here is brand new, and I can't even show you a number to order it.  Watch for it in your new 2018-2019 annual catalog.   I went to SU Onstage this past sat. And this was in our bag when we registered.  SU really knows how to treat us at these functions. I ended up with 2 more stamp sets besides this one and a little bit of other product.  Then I was able to place an order right away.  
First let me tell you about the card.  I used Marina Mist, Whisper white, Basic gray and Smoky Slate.
If you love Marina Mist as much as I do, run, fast, and buy more paper, whatever, it's leaving us. I'm pretty sad.   But we are getting so much more in return.  The doily here is also new, it's pearlized and beautiful. 

To get my ends of the framelit blue, I cut a 2nd one in blue, then cut both ends off and glued to my top and bottom. 
Check out the FMS site to see the rest of the projects and how about joining in as well?

The big news is that we have a color refresh coming.  I'm posting all the colors in group so you can see what they are, what is retiring and what is coming new. They have also redone the color families. Giving us 3 more total colors.

2017-2018 retiring colors

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Bright Wishes, #fms330

I've been looking for an excuse to play with this set and this was it. Not exactly a great match for the sketch, but I had to do it.   I was attracted to this set when the catalog first came out, bought it and it's been sitting.  Such a pretty image.

I am using the Freshly Made Sketches sketch for this week.  See it here and check out the rest of the cards.      
I started by stamping with a versamark pad and embossing in black. Then used my Watercolor pencils to fill in.  They work really well on something like this, then I just went over one color at a time with the Aqua Brush.
I used Whisper white and Pacific Point Cardstock, and the pencil colors are: Pacific Point, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry Early Espresso and Basic Gray and Daffodil Delight.

I fussy cut around the image and popped it up with dots.  For the sentiment, I put it on a stitched oval, then cut both edges down.  Very simple, really.  The piece behind the well is from the Florish Thinlet die set.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Best Day Ever, Just add ink #401

So, this is one of my favorite techniques.  I just got this set, Flirty Flowers, and I white embossed the images then watercolored over that.  I used my ink pad and Aqua Painter, or if you like it can just be sponged on, but I felt like watercoloring to get a deeper color.

I decided to keep it otherwise fairly simple.  My little butterfly was my one sweet accent.
So, here is the sketch for this week, and you can go here to see all the cards.

My colors for this are: Whisper white, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cupcake fun birthday, FMS329

My neighbor's birthday is the first of Apr and she has been under quite a lot of stress lately after her hubby had knee surgery.  I thought she would enjoy a pretty, bright birthday card.
Since I love having a challenge to help me get started, I'm playing along with Freshly Made Sketches again this week. Check out the rest of the challenge, right here.
I used an older, but still in the catalog set for my cupcake and new metallic paper along with a couple of items that may be retired by now. The tinsel and the doily.      I just sponged some colors on the part of the card under the cupcake and doily.

My colors for this one are: Berry Burst, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Pink Pirouette and a bit of Whisper White.
I hope you enjoyed and thanks for coming by.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hold on to Hope, Easter card

I love this card! I very, very seldom CASE the SU catalog, but I did here because it was just so pretty. I made a couple changes however.  I started with Watercolor paper for my top piece, and used the Yellow Brusho.  So, first I stamped the flower set in Versamark and white embossing powder. It's hard to see here I know and for that reason I didn't stamp the 2nd flower set onto the card stock.  I stamped it on vellum and embossed in white then cut it out with the die.

I was careful with the Brusho not to get my color too intense.  You can see the little splotches of color from it.  Then I die cut my cross, and as I fastened it down with glue dots, I also wrapped the vellum flower set around using the glue dots as well.  I was careful to leave room to slip in my ribbon, and used a glue dot to hold the ribbon together and to the card at the cross over junction.

You don't need a half doily, just a little portion cut from one edge for each top and bottom.  The greeting is a very old stamp I had stuck away as I didn't have a current one I liked for this. 
The Hold on to Hope set is a wonderful sympathy set, but as you see, really nice for Easter as well.

The cutout I used for the sentiment is from Petals and More die set.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Easter Greetings, #fms328

I'm quite taken with Brusho at the moment.  It's not right for anywhere near every card, but it sure can be fun. It tends to be a bit on the bold side and can take a bit of playing with to get a feel for it. You get a set of 5 colors with SU's box set.
A couple of TIPS, if you are using it for the first time. 1. Don't open the lid. Nothing in there except the powder and that can go everywhere.  Just poke 1 to 3 small holes in the lid, since it's a powder you don't need to worry about it drying up or anything.  2. Go easy, just sprinking a little bit on your paper and watercolor paper is the best fit. Then spritz with water.  Just spritz more water and/or add a bit more powder until you get the look you want.  More water will give less of the splotches, more powder will give lots more color and lots more splotches.  It's a lot of fun to see what you come up with.  3. Do a bit of spritz on the back side of your watercolor paper and it will lay flatter while you are working on it and while it dries.

I used the Yellow and the Blue in the set, also, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White and Daffodil Delight.
The floral and cross are from Hold On To Hope in the Occasions catalog, what a fabulous set! It's a keeper for sure.  The sentiment is a very very old wood mounted stamp from many years and another company ago.   But I have not a single Easter greeting type stamp in my SU stuff. I'm going to have to keep my eye open for something. I would have loved one that said Easter Blessings. I think I have a big SU stamp from a few years ago that does say that come to think of it. Hmmm, I need to find that.
The die cut for the sentiment as well as the piece under it, came from Petals and More Thinlit dies. They are the die set for Petal Palette and that die set is currently available on the SAB. Place a $100 order to get that die set, but make sure to check with your demo, it takes a special number to order it free.

So, Here is the challenge for this week and the link to the site for Fresly Made sketches, check it out.