February 7, 2019

Geared Up Garage with a Valentine Twist

Hello and good evening! I hope your Thursday was full of blessings beyond measure! Thanks for stopping by my blog this evening, I have some fun stuff to share with you in case you happened to miss out on our Facebook Live this past Sunday.
I am totally in love with the Geared Up Garage suite of product! This essentially masculine set can take on a feminine feel as well just by changing up colors and DSP; like in this card here:
Here, I colored the car with the Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends, using both the light and dark markers. I used the sentiment from the Meant to Be stamp set and for the "exhaust", I created a template using the swirly scribbles die, using the negative space (be sure to check out the video) and  Shimmery White embossing paste that I colored using Lovely Lipstick re-inker and "pipped" onto my template. 
This was a quick and easy card to make in spite of mixing and pipping embossing paste, and it was a lot of fun to make too.
Then, there is this fun card, that could be masculine as well as feminine in Lovely Lipstick.
I colored the car using the Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Blends duo and die cut it out using the coordinating die. I stamped the "floating hearts" from the Forever Lovely stamp set in Lovely Lipstick ink onto a piece of Whisper White die cut with the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes dies. I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a piece of Whisper White and punched it out using the 1 1/4" circle punch and layered everything onto a Lovely Lipstick card base with a piece of DSP from the All My Love designer series paper, cut 2" x 5 1/2". And to complete the look, I stamped the floating hearts onto a Whisper White medium envelope. 
Finally, I made a very masculine Valentine note card. Here, I started with one of our Whisper White note cards. These are awesome because they are pre-cut and scored and come with the envelopes all in one package, ready to decorate and stamp. I then cut a piece of the Classic Garage 6" x 6" DSP to 4 3/4" x 3 1/4" and adhered it down with a second piece of the DSP in Crushed Curry, 4 3/4" x 1". I wrapped a piece of the Black and Silver Metallic ribbon around and tied a knot.  
Then, I inked up the large gear die from the coordinating Garage Gears Thinlit Dies with Shaded Spruce ink and ran it through the Big Shot with Shaded Spruce cardstock that was backed with an adhesive sheet. This added a lot of extra detail to the die cut gears that you would otherwise not have. Finally, I wanted this to be a Valentine but the stamp was "Happy Fathers Day" and I loved the stamp. So, using my Basic Gray Stampin' Write marker, I inked up just the frame, leaving the sentiment un-inked, huffed and stamped the image onto Gray Granite cardstock. I then inked up the Happy Valentine sentiment from the Meant to Be stamp set in Basic Gray and stamped it in the center of the frame. I then die cut it with the coordinating die in the Garage Gears Thinlit Dies and popped it up on Stampin' Dimensionals. 
So, there you have it, 3 cards all made with the Geared Up Garage suite with a Valentine twist to them all. I hope this inspired you to take a look at your other favorite stamp sets and see how you might put a twist on them to stretch them beyond their "intended" purpose. 
Happy Stamping,
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February 5, 2019

Lasting Lily January Customer Appreciation Thank You Cards

Hello! Happy Tuesday and thank you for stopping by, I'm so glad you're here! Today, I want to share my thank you cards going out to all of my customers that placed an order with me in the month of January. It's using one of my favorite Saleabration stamp sets, Lasting Lily. This set has some amazing sentiments making it perfect for so many occasions and the only way to get this set is to place a minimum $100 order as it is a level 2 Saleabration set. And boy is it worth it!
To create these cards, I chose colors from the Gingham Gala designer series paper stack and cut my card bases from the coordinating cardstock 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored and folded at 4 1/4". I then cut the DSP 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" and adhered to the left side of the card base. I then cut the Whisper White panel 3" x 4" and stamped the smallest lily in the coordinating ink colors and the stems in Pear Pizzaz. I then stamped the sentiment onto scrap Whisper White using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and punched it out using the Pretty Label punch and attached to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I then added a few of the coordinating Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins to complete the card. 

The colors used are Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Lemon Lime Twist, and Grapefruit Grove. I love these colors and I love how these cards turned out. I hope you enjoyed today's cards. Be sure to visit my YouTube channel and watch the short video I did for these and while you're there, subscribe to my channel. I would really appreciate it.

In the meantime, Happy Stamping,

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January 24, 2019

More Brusho Watercolor Crystals with the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits

Good Morning and Happy Thursday! It's early morning here in CNY, we're beginning to warm up a bit since the last time we "talked". And yes, my voice is beginning to improve. Still a bit raspy but I'm able get the words out. Forward progress right?

Anyhoo, I have another card using Brusho today. I've had fun this week playing with it. In this card, I used the "smooshing" technique where I sprinkled the color crystals onto my craft mat then spritzed them with water creating little puddles of color. I then took my Shimmery White cardstock and "smooshed" it into the ink. Once I was happy with the coverage, I used my heat tool to dry the ink so that I could adhere it to the front of my Night of Navy card base.
I then ran a piece of the Sale-a-bration Grapefruit Grove through the Big Shot with the Butterfly thinlit and a piece of Night of Navy with the other. I then layered the 2 butterfly pieces together using a little Snail adhesive then adhered them to the card front. This really was a quick and simple card to make and I truly enjoyed playing with my Brusho.

Until next time, stay warm and have a great day,
Happy Stamping,

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