Hello Magnolia!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

If you are lovin’ the Magnolia Lane Suite, then today’s card is going to dazzle you!!  Just like you, I head to pinterest if I need a little inspiration and with my busy work schedule lately that is right where I went when I was planning my Magnolia Card Class. It may have been storming outside but we were safe inside with out Magnolia Lane Suite and flowery treats!

Today’s card was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest from “Cheri’s Cards” but I put a big ole’ twist to make it my own … that’s where the “dazzle” comes from!

The base comes from the ___ which is included in the suite. I added some of the “Sprarkly” Shimmer paper to highlight the focal point which is our magnolia.  The magnolia was stamped with White Craft Ink on our Vellum Cardstock and heat embossed with the White Embossing powder.

Once the embossing is complete ~ it’s time to color!  I used the Stampin’ Blends because well … they blend so nice. I really wanted the colors to POP so I chose the Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green, these colors really go together nicely.  Flip OVER your embossed paper because you will be coloring on the backside. We started with the flamingo and brushed the color on from the bottom of the petals and went about half way up, then added a little more to the base (bottom) of the petal to create a darker look.

Then came the leaves … with a stroke of the Dark Granny Apple Green up the center and then finished it off with the Light. It dries pretty quick, so you can now flip it back over to the front where you can feel the raised embossed area.  We will also add a little color on this side … add just a touch more of the Flirty Flamingo to the base of the petals, creating even more depth. Then we add some Daffodil Delight onto the center of our Magnolia.  Time to pull out the framelit die and cut it out.

To finish off our card, we stamped the greeting “Hello” from the stamp set as well, in Flirty Flamingo and backed it with Silver Foil … this brings out the silver imagery on the card base! We also added some of the twine that is in the duo ribbon pack included in your product suite!  It doesn’t take much to create amazing cards with Magnolia Lane product suite …. there are so many fun and interesting elements included in the suite.

Thank you for spending a part of your Saturday with me, I will be back tomorrow with another Magnolia Lane card share.

Have a beautiful day ~

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Free As A Bird: Spotlighting Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Monday! Yesterday I shared a simple spotlighting technique using the Bird Ballad Designer paper and said I would share another type of spotlighting technique with you today.  This spotlighting technique is done with hand stamped imagery… and today I’m using the Free As A Bird stamp set…

I have chosen to use Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock with a simple stamped image in black to start my card.  Then I stamped my chosen image of the birds on a branch with the Black Momento Ink.  This way when I color the image I’m going to spotlight … it will really stand out! In other words, it spotlights that section of the image.

Another simple spotlighting technique with the fun of coloring, whether you use the watercolor pencils, Stampin’ Write markers or the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers you are sure to fall in love with this. Choose an image from your favorite stamp set, I’m using the Free As A Bird stamp set … you will stamp your image twice (or you can cut out the image as I did yesterday to spotlight).

Because I used the Layering Squares Framelits Dies yesterday, I’ve decided to use them again today to cut out and spotlight my part of the image I stamped.  I decided to spotlight the two birds sitting next to each other because my greeting states “We are the best of friends”.

I used the Stampin’ Blends to color my sweet little birds but the watercolor pencils and the markers would work just fine too.  I just love the watercoloring look you get with the stampin’ blends.

Have yourself a wonderful day ~

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Simply Sunday: Simple Spotlighting Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. It’s been nice here lately but rain is in the forecast for today, so it’s a good day to stamp.  If you’re looking for a quick way to make cards with your designer paper and want to add a pop of fun, I love the “Spotlighting” technique! When using your designer papers, there’s no coloring or fuss at all. (Although I do love to color)!

Today I’m using the Bird Ballad Designer paper from the Bird Ballad Suite / Free As A Bird Bundle.  I teamed that up with the Layering Square Framelits (the Stitched Nested Labels Dies come in the suite/bundle).  I also used the Free As A Bird stamp set for my greeting …

To create the spotlighting “with no wasted designer paper” simply cut your designer paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″ … this will give you a nice boarder around your designer paper.  Lay your designer paper onto your die cutter and cut out your desired image, you can see here that I am using the bird to “spotlight” on my card.

Then I simply die cut a coordinating piece of cardstock … I used Early Espresso for my base and mat behind my spotlighted area.  When you place your die cut bird directly from your designer paper and then put it right back in it’s place with a mat behind it … it spotlights that image. Do you see how the images on the cut piece still line up with the images on the background?  Cool right? And Simple.

I love using this technique on our patterned papers that have fun and interesting images.  The spotlighting technique can also be used on your stamped images, and I can share that with you tomorrow!

Thank you for taking time out of your Sunday to visit with me. Hope you found this card helpful and that it inspires you to create some quick -n- easy cards.

Enjoy the rest of your day ~

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Two for Tuesday: Sponging Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How have you been enjoying the Serene Garden cards so far?  I have another one for you today … it was inspired by the winning Attendee Swap Card Contest at my Spring Stamping Retreat this past weekend.  Kathie’s card was well received and won the contest with its “Resist / Sponging” Technique and then you will see how I used her card to inspire me to create the “Serene Garden” card …

Kathie embossed both the small flowers on the base and the larger flowers which she did on Vellum Cardstock.  The vellum flowers were punched out.  Kathie created a beautifully soft pop of color by sponging it over the flowers.  With a little wipe of a kleenex … you’ll remove the extra ink off the embossed flowers and they white will pop through.  It’s so pretty, it inspired me to do the same technique on my Serene Garden card.

 

I stamped the main image in the lower left hand corner of my card, sponged the Flirty Flamingo over the top, then wiped off the excess ink off the embossed image to make the white pop.  Using the Flirty Flamigo Stampin’ Write marker, I added some depth to the flowers and then topped it off with Wink of Stella for that touch of glitter!

I also embossed a piece of Flirty Flamingo with white emboss powder using the elegant bird … once it was embossed, I sponged Flirty Flamingo over the head and tail to create some dimension. The wings were highlighted with Wink of Stella and the bird was cut out with the coordinating dies.  My greeting is from the Colorful Seasons Stamp set and was stamped in Flirty Flamingo.

It is amazing how a technique like embossing teamed up with some simple sponging can turn a card into a work of art.  I really like the monochromatic color as well.  Sometimes simple is better.

Thank you for hanging out with me for a bit today…

I hope your day is a good one.

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Serene Garden Die Embossing Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend.  I had a very nice weekend, my niece Carla took me out to lunch and brought me a bouquet of tulips. Then on Sunday we went to the Cher concert … amazing!!

Today I have a very special card for you, another Serene Garden card that shows you an amazing technique … embossing with your dies!!

You can easily do this with the BigShot Embossing Mats.  Here is a video to explain these a little better than a whole bunch of my words! lol

I love all that you can do when you have the BigShot Embossing Mats.  I do mine just a bit differently, I layer my mat under my cardstock to I don’t have to used the cutting side of the die face up! Either way you do it, you will love the results.

I also have another Stampin’ Tip: If the blue pad does not give you a deep enough emboss, and the gray is too deep … Use the blue mat but stick a piece of cardstock underneath the first cutting plate to give it just a bit more height… a shim in fact.

The embossed background on the card is somewhat subtle but in the hand, it’s amazing and with the Wink of Stella on the flowers the card is truly a beauty.  You get a pop of color with the greeting and our Highland Heather butterlfy.

I did share with you yesterday that this bundle is retiring and so are the Embossing Mats, if you would like these, I have a link below or you can contact me and I will help you get these in your stamp room.

Thank you for stopping back today to see yet another sample from the Serene Garden bundle, but I’m not stopping here … I have another one for you tomorrow.

Have yourself a great day today, and I’ll meet you back here tomorrow.

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You’re Unstoppable Card with Glitter Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you are doing well today, a bit gloomy outside but we are one day closer to the weekend and that is always a ray of sunshine!!  Today I will be sharing another card from our Stamping Retreat afternoon session.  This is one of my most requested techniques … Creating your own glitter paper!  I have been doing this for years, ever since I learned how to heat emboss, I have been creating “glimmer paper”!

When our Iridescent Ice embossing powder was discontinued I thought all was lost, but then Stampin’ Up! introduced the Adhesive Sheets and I was back it glimmer heaven.  However, the Adhesive Sheets are on the discontinued list … so, you will want to order them right away!!  I am using the Pretty Promenade Designer Series paper, although any of your favorites will work … I’ve even glittered the Bokeh style papers!!

You can see the sparkle on the card, just like stars in the sky … it’s so pretty!!  And you can’t go wrong with the Pretty Promenade Designer Paper, perfect for Mother’s Day or Grandma’s birthday! My grandmother would have loved this card, flowers and sparkling (now I know where I get it from!) lol

Technique: Glitter Designer Paper

  1. You begin by cutting your Adhesive sheets to the size of your designer paper.  Your adhesive sheets have an edge that you can hold onto when pulling the protective backing off the adhesive (This is where you want to begin measuring your adhesive sheets) or your adhesive will be short on your designer paper. 
  2. Once it’s cut and you peel back the backing – carefully place your designer paper onto adhesive. Make sure the side you want glittered is the side your laying onto the adhesive. 
  3. Then rub it down with your bone folder to secure, and peel off the protective sheet and expose the adhesive on your designer paper.
  4. WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS A SPOT OR SECTION THAT DID NOT ADHERE?  Simple … take out your Snail and run it over any place that does not have adhesive! A very simple way to ensure full coverage!  
  5. Now you are ready to dip your designer paper into your Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Place a piece of paper over the top and rub your bone folder over the top to secure all the glitter.  Sometimes I use a “block” that I put my stamps on to push the glitter into the adhesive, it’s just bigger than the bone folder.  Both work
  6. Time to create a beautiful card … Have fun!

Once the designer paper was transformed to glimmer paper, we added the Mossy Meadow gorgeous die cut from the Beautiful Promenade bundle, it really compliments the glitter.  The greeting, same as yesterday’s card came from the Strong and Beautiful Stamp Set and we added one of the Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems.

Did you know that the Beautiful Layers Thinlits Dies that comes in the bundle also has a die to cut an envelope piece … I love it, and what better way to coordinate your entire card that you are sending out.

This designer paper is stunning and is on the retiring list 😦 so sad, but there is still time to get it, I have added a link below. It is also something I tucked into my guests Saturday night Pillow Gift. There was plenty of designer paper left over once I cut for their cards, so, I cut them into 4 x 6 sheets and tucked them into a pretty envelope, along with adhesive sheets, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, and some Gingham Gala Designer paper and Glitter Sheets!!

Each guest got 2 sheets of each color in the Gingham Gala Designer Paper and 4 sheets each of 3 colors of the Glimmer Sheets. The top was put on and it was tied up with a pretty bow.

I hope you enjoyed todays technique card share as much as all the ladies at our retreat enjoyed making it … I would love to hear your thoughts below, thank you.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping in to visit.

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Friends and Butterflies …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I did not get my “alternative” project finished yet, however I do have a super cute card that we made at Cindy and Sarah’s stamping party (one of the Make -n- Takes. It’s super simple and perfect for your friend.  I’m using the Beauty Abounds stamp set and nothing says spring like “butterflies”

I stamped the background with the “Bokeh” dots … it just creates another layer of dimension. The focal point of the card is the beautiful butterfly designer paper that you can get for FREE during Sala-a-bration with a qualifying purchase.  So … how did I get that sparkle on there?  Good Question!!

There are two ways to do this technique which I call the Glimmer Designer Paper Technique and it’s one of my favorites because it creates such a “WOW” whenever I show it.

  1.  Grab your Silicone pad … you’ll want it for both ways. Place your designer paper onto the silicone pad and with your Snail adhesive – cover the entire piece of designer paper. Next, sprinkle with the Dazzling Diamonds glitter, tap off excess and gently rub it into the adhesive using your finger tip. Tap off excess again.
  2. The second way to do it is just switching adhesives, the rest is the same.  If you are covering a larger piece of designer paper, you will want to use the Multipurpose adhesive sheets. This is also super simple.  Peel off the first layer, lay your designer paper onto the adhesive sheet … then peel off the top layer and add glitter as in step one.

Besides the beautiful butterflies in this stamp set, the verbiage is perfect for sharing a card with your friend.  I added a little ribbon to the card and some rhinestones to jazz it up a bit.

And to create another layer of dimension … I added a piece of vellum behind the focal point of the card.  Hope you enjoyed this technique and you give it a try … it’s simple, it’s fun and it looks amazing!!

Thank you for taking time out of your day and share it with me by stopping by my blog.

Enjoy the rest of your day.