Saturday, 25 February 2017

Avant Garden - Free Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set

I initially did not like this stamp set and I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.  I spent an afternoon playing around with it and now I love the lily stamp.  I added a distressed look to both the whisper white card stock front (smaller layer) as well as the large edged layer.  I mounted the white onto a standard Tip Top Taupe card base and layer.  Each of the layers was carefully torn around the edges to add to the distressed look of the card.  The large layer was popped up on dimensionals and I added the soft suede ribbon along the bottom.  The sentiment is from last years Sale-A-Bration stamp set "What I Love".

Supply List:
Tip Top Taupe cardstock 8-1/2"x11" #138336
Whisper White cardstock 8-1/2"x11" #100730
Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Pad #138325
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad #140928
Watercolor Pencils #141709
Sponge Daubers #133773

I tried this one more time using scraps I had and here's how it turned out:

Supply List:
Soft Suede cardstock 8-1/2"x11" #115318
Whisper White cardstock 8-1/2"x11" #100730
Always Artichoke cardstock 8-1/2"x11" #105119 
Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Pad #138325
Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad # 126972
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad #140928
Watercolor Pencils #141709
Sponge Daubers #133773

I hope you find inspiration in these projects.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Balloon Celebrations - Dandelion Card in Plum

This is one of my favorite cards and I love the way it turned out.  I saw it first on pinetrest on and here is my version:

I used the same colors Bobbie Crouch used and below is a list of the products I used:

Balloon Celebration Stamp Set #140675
Whisper White 8-1/2"x11" Cardstock #100730
Wisteria Wonder 8-1/2"x11" Cardstock #122922
Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad #131179
Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad #126985
Perfect Plum Classic Stampin' Pad #126963
Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad #140931
Craft Stampin' Ink Pad #101731
Sponge Daubers #133733
Blushing Bride Bakers Twine (retired); Blushing Bride Solid Bakers Twine #141683 would be a great subtitute

Bobbie has a great youtube video out on the technique and I couldn't do a better job describing it.  Just type Stampin' Up! Dandilion Card 031 in the search bar to find it.

** January 4th to March 31st is Sale-a-Bration and for every $ order before tax and shipping you can choose one of the sale-a-bration products for free.  There are no limits on the free products.  I don't have a store front on the Stampin' Up site just yet so if you are in Canada and interested in purchasing from me please send me an email to

Monday, 20 February 2017

Global Design Project 075 | Theme Challenge

I've finally taken the plunge and will be submitting this entry into the Global Design Project Challenge.  This week the challenge is a theme challenge focusing on winged creatures.

Well, I have very few stamp sets with winged creatures, two actually, "A Happy Thing" which was a Sale-A-Bration item from some years ago and the hostess set "Pun Intended".  The bee in the set was small so I opted for the other.

I started by distressing Very Vanilla cardstock (#101650) and Tip Top Taupe cardstock (#138336) with Tip Top Taupe ink (#138325) using a sponge dauber (#133773) and then stamping a boarder from Timeless Treasures (#140514-wood, #140517-clear) to the Very Vanilla cardstock (stamping off onto a scrap piece of paper to soften the color) and to add greater interest. I then added some spots from the same set also stamping off first before stamping on the cardstock.  I did the same to the smaller layers but omitted the boarder stamp from the smaller piece of Very Vanilla so as not to take away from the bird.

I stamped the bird using Early Espresso ink (#126974) and then colored the bird using my Watercolor Pencils (#141709)  and blending using a Blender Pen (#102845).

With spring in the air, I thought about adding a cherry blossom look to the branch and added flowers from one of my favorite sets, "Reason to Smile" (retired).  I stamped the flowers on Blushing Bride cardstock (#131198) using Blushing Bride ink (#131172) and added a few strokes of the white gel pen.  I fussy cut them and popped them up on dimensionals (#104430).  I had some burlap strips laying around and so I added it for more texture.

So, here's my entry...