SSS Fresh Bunch – Thinking of You

Patterned paper is one of those papercraft items that tend to add up. Lately, I’ve been making an effort to use more of it on projects and find that I really like the added weight – both visual and body – it gives to cards. Here the pattern provided a cue for how to color part of an outline image by Simon Says Stamp.

Simon Says Stamp Fresh Bunch any occasion card
Spotlighting is a technique where just part of the image is colored in.

Stamp set: Fresh Bunch (Simon Says Stamp, 2018 Stamptember release)

Image colored in using a combination of Copic, Blendabilities and Spectrum Noir markers.

A card layout you can use!

Need a layout that will allow you to use patterned paper and come together quickly? Try this one and add your favorite details to dress it up!

The patterned paper on these cards measures 3-1/8″ x 5-1/2″ and is backed by coordinating cardstock just a 1/4″ wider. Silver thread, fussy cut and die cut embellishments add just a little “something”.  These two are a little more detailed with extra dots, rhinestones and glimmer die cuts – a little smidge of glam.

patterned paper simple greetings1The elegant script greetings are from the Find Beauty stamp set by Technique Tuesday.

Stamp Review Crew – Buffalo Check

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Hi and welcome to another fun blog hop with the Stamp Review Crew! Today, this international group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators is working together to provide you lots of inspiration using a background stamp with a Buffalo Check designWhether you are starting here or have arrived from seeing Bronwyn’s great style, I hope the ideas shared inspire you to create!

I have two projects to share with you today. Both offer a soft take on this pattern and are combined with messages to use year-round. Also for both, I started by stamping VersaMark onto my cardstock; one for heat-embossing with white powder, the other for tone-on-tone.

SRC Buffalo Check a big thank you greeting card
rustic or rich, you choose!

By using a gentle touch when I stamped, I left the check pattern with some “texture” allowing the card stock to show through. I didn’t want to cover it all up, so I used some small die cuts and a circle punch to help create the sentiment portion of the card. This greeting is from the Annual Catalog set, A Big Thank You.

SRC Buffalo Check baby greeting card
Add details to your pattern to step it up!

For this 4-1/4″ square card, I added additional lines to the pattern using a ruler, coordinating Stampin’ Write marker (pen end) and a white gel pen. I also stamped the Buffalo Check pattern onto the card base for additional detail. This adorable bear – who looks exactly like my son’s favorite toy from childhood – and sentiment are from the Baby Bear stamp set (also in the Annual Catalog).

I hope you enjoyed seeing these cards and were inspired in some way! For more, here’s the next stop on the hop: Heidi at Running With Scissors. For a full listing of contributors and links to previous hops, be sure to visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.

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Inspired by watermelon

Do you own a raincoat? Is it a nice sensible color or something fun? I don’t actually own a raincoat. Living in Florida, you can usually wait a few minutes and the rain will pass. But if I did, it might be fun to have something fun with matching boots to splash through puddles! My father taught me how to land your foot in just the *right* way to splash the person next to you instead of yourself. Sadly, I haven’t been able to pass that skill on to my boys here in the sunshine state.

watermelon raincoat

She looks like she knows what she is doing. Haha! In case you are wondering about the image, the coat in the stamped image is actually open as if one color. I used a Copic Multiliner pen to add a line at her cuff, details on the pockets and a line to mark where the bottom trim would be. Once the green and pink were in place, I added additional details using a white Gelly Roll pen and that same multiliner (for the “seeds”).

Images from Rain or Shine (My Favorite Things)

Postcard Pals and saving your embossing paste

IMG_9648 Hi crafters! I read an interesting chat recently regarding embossing paste. Did you know that you should store it in a plastic bag? I didn’t (either)… As a result, even though my tub of paste was only a few months old, I opened it up to find a dry mix – something like toothpaste left on the sink. Sadness!

Fortunately, one of the contributors in a forum suggested adding a bit of  purified water to the jar and mixing it into the paste as well as possible. I followed her advice and used a fork to start the blending process. I then closed the jar and set it aside.

I didn’t have the opportunity to craft for over a week, so I’m not sure if time made a difference, but when I opened the jar I found that the paste was creamy again. It mixed easily with a bit of ink (smashed onto my work surface) to add color.

The only difference I noticed was that it wasn’t quite as “fluffy” as before. However it spread over the stencil nicely and filled in the design beautifully. It was also easier to clean off the palette and stencil; a welcome difference!

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image: Postcard Pals (Stampin’ Up!)

The stencilled design dried while I stamped and colored in this adorable platypus image and fussy cut around him to add him to the scene. He looks like he’s offering a hug so I chose the “for you” die cut, leaving it open to use for any occasion.

Thanks for visiting!