Wednesday, April 18, 2018

True Gentlemen

Hello my stamping friend.
Last Saturday I had a class featuring Tully Tailored suite of products. It is perfect to create masculine cards (and we all know how difficult it is!). We created 5 projects and everybody absolutely loved them. I decided to feature those products again at my Wine Class.

  • Tranquil Tide: 5 ½” x 8 ½” 
  • Very Vanilla: 5 ½” x 3 ½ ”, 
  • Gold Foil: 5 ½” x ½” (2 pieces) 
  • Designer Paper: 2 x 3” – 3 different patterns 
  1. Fold card base in half. Adhere 2 gold foil strips to the sides. 
  2. Punch 3 tags from different patterns of DSP. From leftovers – cut 3 long strips approximately 3/8” wide. Cut each tag in half and adhere 2 halves together to form a bow, then wrap matching strip of the dsp around the center. Lightly curl bows with bone folder to give them some dimension. 
  3. Put one bow on the bottom of the very vanilla (do not adhere yet) – and mark the place to stamp a greeting so it will be above the bow. Stamp greeting in Night of Navy. Adhere very vanilla piece to the card front. 
  4. Add bows with dimensinals – one below the greeting and another 2 above 
As you can see - it is very simple, but elegant card.
The stamp set and DSP is on Last Chance List, so do not wait to purchase it.
Happy Stamping!  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hawaiian Sunset with Brusho

Hello, my stamping friend.
Today I want to share a card that uses Brusho for background.
  • Whisper White: 8 ½” x 5 ½ “ 
  • Watercolor Paper: 3 1/8” x 2” 
  • Tangerine Tango: 3 3/8” x 2 1/8” 
  • Basic Black: 3 ½ x 2 3/8” 
How Tos:
  1. Use your Aqua Painter to wet your watercolor paper. 
  2. Sprinkle some of the Yellow, some of the Gamboge, and the Brilliant Red Brusho on the paper.  
  3. Use your Aqua Painter to spread the Brusho around. Let the piece dry. 
  4. Stamp the trees with Basic Black ink on the Watercolor piece. Let them dry. 
  5. Use your chalk marker to outline one side of the trees. Let them dry. 
  6. Stamp the saying on the bottom of the folded card base. 
  7. Attach the stamped piece to the Tangerine Tango cardstock and the Basic Black cardstock. 
  8. Tie the ribbon around the card base and tie into a knot on the right side of the card.  
  9. Attach the stamped piece to the front of the card with dimensionals. 

Try to work on few pieces of watercolor with brusho at  same time. When they dry - you will assemble cards very quick.
Happy Stamping!

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Beautiful Day and controlled Brusho

Hello, my stamping friend.
Did you try Brusho before? What do you think about this product? It was very interesting for me to see the reaction of Stampin UP demonstrators when Brusho was introduced back in November. There were 2 groups: Love It or Hate It. I was defiantly not in 'Love It' group and decided not to join other group until I at least try it. It was a new type of product for me, I never heard about it before and with my more 'clean and controlled' approach I knew it will be not easy pass. Few of my customers told me they think it will be a cool product to play with, so I finally decided to give it a try. Watched few videos and found some ideas that would work for me. I found a way to 'control' Brusho and use it for water coloring.
I started with a piece of shimmery white as it is perfect for coloring and Gray archival Ink. Then shake a little of the Brusho on the stamping block and use few drops from aqua painter to dissolve the crystals. Wow, I loved the bold colors of the paint I created. Then I used aqua painter to just color the flower as I would do with a regular ink. But colors are so much more richer with Brusho. You can easily change the intensity of colors by adding more or less water.
Here is another one in orange:
At the end - I was happy I gave Brusho a try and plan to learn other less controlled techniques.
Happy Stamping!

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Beautiful Day with Blends

Hello, my stamping friend.
I am in Atlanta right now for Stampin Up! OnStage event and super excited. The best part is to see my stamping friends and spend time with them. Yesterday I run into my friend Cindy who I know for years, but we did not see each other last 2 years. We had so much fun talking and catching up. It was a Beautiful Day. And as I have little free time before actually event starts - I decided to share the card made with "Beautiful Day " stamp set.
At first I was not sure how I feel about that stamp set with big bold images. When I gave the butterfly a try - I loved it so much. Here is very simple card in Bermuda Bay:
Picture just does not give it a justice (well, maybe I need to brush on my picture taking skills, haha).
Image stamped in black archival ink then colored with Bermuda bay blends. Few blings - and card is done.
It is perfect for mass producing and can be used for many occasions just by changing the sentiment.
Try it with different color of blends. I am sure Calypso coral will look amazing. Will be trying it when I get home.
What color will you color your butterfly with?
Happy Stamping!

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Blossoming Basket

Hello, my stamping friend.
Blossoming basket bundle is my favorite offering from Sale-A-Bration. It hits all major points - beautiful flower image, you can color stamped image, create a texture with dynamic embossing folder and it is FREE (with $100 order).
I used this bundle last week during my Crafting Happy Hour class and it was a hit.
Card on the bottom right was the original card we created, but with just extra set of blends - you can create more color combos.
I used very simple template that will allow me to cut multiples without any leftover paper.
Soft Suede - 8 1/2 x 5 1/5; 4 1/4 x 3 1/2;
Power Pink: 4 x 5 1/5
Whisper White: 4 1/4 x 3 1/2
I used sift suede ink to stamp a basket as I like soft color. I used crumb cake blends to color the basket and Calypso Coral/Daffodil Delight for flowers. If you decide to use darker colors for flowers - you may want to use Early Espresso for stamping.

I just noticed in this picture that i used deposed side, haha!
This is amazing set and you only have by March 31st to get it for free. Even so embossing folder will be available to buy in June, the stamp set will not.
Happy Stamping!