Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Valentine's Day Stamping

I just love making Valentines's Day cards! I get to be just as girly and use as much pink, ribbon, and glitz as I want to! It's a fabulous feeling to not have to hold back.
I have been dying to use this Buffalo Check Stamp with Flirty Flamingo ink on Flirty Flamingo Cardstock, and it is just as fabulous as I imagined it would be!

Flirty Needlepoint!

I used the Needle & Thread Stamp Set (148724) and stamped the large flower, the small flower and the trio of flowers in Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, and Petal Pink (because I wasn't sure what colors of which flower I wanted to use where yet. I stamped the large leaf background stamp twice in Granny Apple Green.  I cut everything out using the Needlepoint Elements Framelits Dies (148541).  Additionally, I cut out the long tag shape out of Blushing Bride.

I stamped the Happy Valentine's Day sentiment in Flirty Flamingo on Whisper White Cardstock (Forever Lovely Stamp Set, 148624) and cut it out with my snips.

I layered the flowers, the tag, a starburst of vellum, some white twine, and a tiny pink button toward the bottom, and placed the sentiment toward the top.  I even scattered a few of the Gingham Gala flower shaped sequins around!

This card is so bright and happy! I know my husband is going to love it (although I'd better find an inside sentiment because he ALWAYS expects one! lol)

Joyful Stamping,

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Bone-sigh #simplestamping


Two Simple Ways to Say Thank You

Bonsai is pronounced "Bone-sigh" it uses cultivation techniques like pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation, and grafting to produce small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-size trees. My dad loved bonsai trees, he tried pruning some himself but didn't do great at it, but he loved maintaining bonsai trees that someone else had created! He would snip and mist, pat the moss (and change it if he felt like he needed new moss), and do some landscaping with rocks.  

The "All The Good Things" Stamp Set, 146558, $19.00, reminded me of my dad when I saw it (he also had a koi pond at one point!)  
All The Good Things - 146558

I wanted to make one more #simplestamping card for the Thank You card challenge that Sara issued at OnStage before changing to Valentine's Day cards.  So I decided to use this stamp set to make the card. Then when I got started, well, I couldn't stop!  I had to make two!

Bonsai with color

     I stamped this one several times to get this card.  But first, prepare yourself, I cut the sentiment part apart from the bonsai tree! Gasp!  Yes, I did it.  I wanted to be able to stamp it separately in different colors and cut it out as a rectangle. I first colored the bonsai leaves in Mossy Meadow, the tree trunk in Soft Suede, and the pot in Grapefruit Grove.  It was a little flat, the pot was too light (and the rocks needed their own color) and it didn't feel very alive
     I tried again and inked the whole branches part with Old Olive and then added highlights with Mossy Meadow and Tranquil Tide Stampin' Write Markers.  I very carefully colored in all of the trunk with Soft Suede.  Then on the pot, I colored the rocks with Cajun Craze and the pot with calypso coral.  This really brought the tree to life and the pot looks like an actual pot!  Up close you can see all of the lines and knots on the trunk and the leaves look amazing!
     To emphasize that this is a thank you card, I stamped the "Thank You for Your Thoughtfulness" stamp multiple times as the background for the bonsai tree.  I used Old Olive and used both first and second generation stamping.
     I used the Mossy Meadow and Tranquil Tide Stampin' Write Markers to color the message.  Then I cut it out and mounted it on Tranquil Tide Cardstock and placed it right below the bonsai tree (both the tree and the message were attached using Stampin' Dimensionals.)

     I only used Stamps, Ink, and Paper...it is technically a #simplestamping card, but it doesn't look like it!  This next one is completely a simple card!

Sepia Bonsai

     I could just so see a little Japanese man taking pictures of his bonsai trees in the early days of the camera!  His prized possession being photographed using his newest obsession!
     I just couldn't wait to make this card using sepia tones. I started by inking the edges of the notecard with Soft Suede using a Sponge Dauber.  I brought the ink into the corners to make it look like an old photo.  
     I put the two pieces of the stamp back together on the block by matching the cut marks!  I inked the whole stamp with Sahara Sand and then used the sponge dauber to ink the edges of the stamp with Soft Suede.  You can see that the center of the leaves on the tree and the center of the pot are lighter than the outer parts and the trunk.
     When I finished with the stamping I inked up a sponge brayer with Sahara Sand and lightly inked up the notecard with Sahara Sand to make the whole card look old.  THEN (being a Virgo who has to have every thing perfect) I did the same thing to the envelope and stamped the "Thank You for Your Thoughtfulness" sentiment on the front of the envelope, because No Naked Envelopes!

I hope you love these as much as I do!  Feel free to CASE these in your upcoming classes.
Joyful Stamping,

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

BINGO? Sweet!

BINGO was the Sweetest Thing!

I had my Occasions Catalog Kick-off BINGO Party on December 29th, 2018 at our local Herbalife nutrition bar, Argenta Nutrition.  They're making themselves into a neighborhood hub by offering yoga, salsa dancing classes, meditation classes, and a space for neighborhood gatherings.  I have a monthly free card class there on the third Saturday of the month so when I asked if I could have my BINGO party there they said "Sure!"

As soon as I saw "How Sweet It Is" Suite, I knew that it was perfect for BINGO.  It's so bright and happy and full of candy! Candy and BINGO are a match made in heaven! I started making decorations, table gifts, treats, and treat holders and I couldn't stop!  Everything was so stinking cute! Let me show you the goodies I made.
Terri's Treat Bag

Super Cute Treat Jars

Table Treats - 12X12 Diaper Fold Popcorn Holder

Look How Cute the Tables Looked!
After three games of BINGO we made three Make & Takes.  One of the cards I cased from the catalog but I substituted the Lovely Lipstick Foil Paper from the Saleabration Brochure because it is Gorgeous!

The Lovely Lipstick Foil Paper is behind the pink stripe DSP.

This one makes me think of a candy store window
I love this one so much.  It feels like you're peeking through a candy store window!  And isn't that double sided (Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana) satin ribbon delicious? It's so shiny and satiny and it ties beautiful bows!

Needlepoint Nook is Sweet, Too
I needed to design one more card.  I was looking through the new DSP and when I flipped through the Needlepoint Nook DSP the Poppy Parade stripe stopped me!  It is so bright and gorgeous! I had to find a way to use it.  The label stamp and thinlit die look so perfect with the pinprick flower and leaf framelit from the Needlepoint Elements Framelits.  It  needed to be cut out to really set off the label shape.  I used a tiny button to attach the Old Olive twine to the card.  I think this may be one of my favorites!

The Make & Take tables got decorations, too!

Here are Terri, Elisha, and Jen working on their candy jar card
BINGO was great fun.  Everyone was happy to get their new catalogs and are poring over them trying to decide what to buy first!  I think this is one of the best Occasions catalogs EVER!  
The catalog is available on January 3, 2019.  You can see all of the new goodies at spreadjoystamping.stampinup.net

Joyful Stamping (and shopping!),