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.

STAMPING SUPPLY LIST FOR TODAY’S PROJECT … If you do not have a demonstrator, I’d be honored to have you as a customer and stampin’ friend. If you like this technique and card and need to purchase supplies, just click on any of the items below, it will take you to my online store. Thank you so very much.

 

Last Chance plus FREE Rhinestones!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share one more card from the Color Your Season Bundle: The Blended Seasons Stamp set and the Stitched Seasons Dies and then we’ll take a look at all of the different and beautiful cards you can make with this one bundle … and this bundle goes away today.  True, today is the last day to order this amazing stamp set and die.

We made this card at my Holiday Catalog Launch Party …

I used the middle size die and stamped the Holly swag onto it.  The holly was colored with the Watercolor Pencil Assortment 2 which are available with the Blended Season stamp set and dies. The designer paper is the Under the Mistletoe and is the driver of my color pallet.

I stamped my greeting in Real Red ink onto the Vellum Cardstock and then I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. It is much prettier on the card than what shoes up on the photo. Oh yes … and the little berries on the holly are the pretty Red Rhinestones. YOU CAN GET THEM FREE (Keep reading)

Here is another card with this bundle in which I you could use the Red Rhinestones  …

One more Christmas card to share with you.  Kind of fun to see them all together!

What comes after Christmas … but spring! This is one of Stampin’ Up!s card creations, I just love how they created a wreath using the leaves …

I also have a card that can be used anytime during the year … Spring, Summer, you name it~

How about one more before the color weather returns and the colors begin to change …

Even the last 3 cards look so different from each other … yet all so pretty.

Next would be Fall / Autumn cards … I challenged myself because I had not used the “wheat” stamp up to this point so here it is…

The Country Lane Designer paper used on this card will first be Available Sept.5th).  Now … if you purchase the bundle today, you will qualify for the Bonus Buy and receive a $5 Coupon code to spend next month!!

Here is another card for the upcoming fall season … One of my favorites, this card was heat embossed with Gold embossing powder and colored with the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 and blender pen …

I just want to remind you that this bundle is gone today.  Today is the last day you can order the bundle (See below)

I wish this was in our Annual Catalog … it is one stamp set that I have no trouble trying to come up with ideas for!  One that note, here are a few more cards ~

This card was created with the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 and today is possibly the last to get them for sure …

This was yesterday’s card where I also used the Watercolor Pencils and the Blender pen …

Wow … amazing right!! So many styles, so many occasions … This is such a fun and versatile stamp set and dies.  And don’t forget the Watercolor pencils.  IN FACT, If you purchase the bundle from me and include the watercolor pencils … I will send you the Real Red Rhinestones as a special gift for shopping with me.

PLUS … It’s Bonus Days, so you will receive a $5 Bonus Coupon Code to spend in September.  That’s not all … YOU will also receive your Virtual Rewards Points from me!! This is a really sweet deal for a really sweet bundle!!

PLEASE … Let me know if you need help placing your order, or if you have any questions about this promotion.

I hope you are having a wonderful day … and let the weekend begin!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …

 

 

Simply Sunday: Reflections + One

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I have some new subscribers … welcome everyone!  I’m so excited today to share my reflection of the Color Your Season cards I’ve created so far (I have 2 more for my Launch Party tomorrow) and a new one to share today.

Lets begin with the Spring / Summer cards … This card was created from a mistake I made in class (there are no mistakes in stamping … just opportunities to improve or embellish!)  I just realized that I never shared the original card! lol  I must admit, I don’t always share the cards we do in class, I want them to be special for my attendees.

This is one of Stampin’ Up!s card creations, I just love how they created a wreath using the leaves …

Next would be Fall / Autumn cards … I challenged myself today because I have not used the “wheat” stamp up to this point so I’m introducing you to my creation today. This really is a simple card to create, and made easier when I looked up and saw this beautiful pattern paper sitting in front of me (I originally had a hand-stamped background) ~

Sponging is that “old” technique that will never go away … It’s quick, easy and creates a dramatic look!! When I think of wheat, I think of fields of wheat dancing in the breeze on a warm sunny day, and the golden color is so beautiful.

I cut my card front out first with the middle size die (there are 3 in the die set) and the vellum cardstock with the largest die.  I punched a 1-1/4 circle punch and used it to mask my front.  The sponging was done in Crushed Curry and at the very bottom there is a touch of Sahara Sand.

The wheat and the greeting (included in the stamp set) are stamped in Crumb Cake. I know, it looks much darker, but it is the gold tones that really bring out the richness of the Crumb Cake.

Now remember … the background for the base of my card was originally hand-stamped but as fate had it, I looked up and saw the Country Lane Designer paper (Available Sept.5th).  I laid the card front on top of it and knew that is exactly what this card need to finish it off!!

I just want to remind you that this bundle is only available for a few more days (or while supplies last) …

I wish this was in our Annual Catalog … it is one stamp set that I have no trouble trying to come up with ideas for!  One that note, here are a few more cards ~

This card was created with the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 which is also leaving in a few days …

This was yesterday’s card where I also used the Watercolor Pencils and the Blender pen …

My Christmas card was created using the Stampin’ Blends … that is the beauty of this bundle.  There are endless coloring techniques you can use!!

Again, I used the Stampin’ Blends and did some fussy cutting to create the arrangement on my wreath.  The bow is cut from the Silver Foil paper and colored with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend.

So … what do you think? Versatile right? I haven’t shown the bells yet … In class we used them for a wedding card.  Here is today’s card once more, I think it turned out even better than I imaged when I began.

Oh wow … it appears I can’t spell – lol. That is “Blended Seasons” … Oh my!!

Thank you so much for joining me this Sunday. I appreciate you taking the time to visit on your weekend.

I hope you are having a wonderful and relaxing day.

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …

 

 

You make me HAPPY!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I showed you a card using the watermark stamp from the “Happy Watercolor” Stamp set, and I will share another card with you today using that watermark!

I also included a few more stamps from the set to give you a better idea of what a versatile stamp set it is.  You can find the “Happy Watercolor” stamp set on page 22 of the Occasions Catalog or by clicking on the link.

Once I chose the flower, I picked the color I wanted to work with and I thought 2012-14 In-Color  “Primrose Petal” was just what I was looking for.  The “Primrose Petal” mat was cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″.

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Next I cut the Whisper White to 3-3/4″ x 5″ and ran it through the Bigshot using the “Flower Garden Embossing Folder”.  Because I wanted the flower pattern on the left side of my card, the pattern is indented instead of protruding (or sticking up).  Next I cut out a circle using the “Circle Collection Framelits”.  You now have a window for your flower.

The flower was stamped on a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock, using the Black StazOn ink … this is the best ink to use when coloring because it will not bleed.

I don’t color as much as I used to, and I don’t know why because it is so relaxing and fun to do.  I love layering the color to give the flower dimension.  I used the Primrose Petal ink from the ink pad and blender pen to do most of the coloring.  The center was done with the “Summer Starfruit” marker.  Both colors are found in the 2012-14 In-color Collection.  When competed, this was mounted onto the card front with the use of Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Since I had the marker close by, I decided to dye my Organza Ribbon.  Those ladies who stamp with me a lot, know that the white organza ribbon is one of my favorites, because all you need is a marker or an ink pad and you can color you ribbon to match your cardstocks!  How cool is that!!

Ok … now my ribbon is off to the side to dry, so I stamped my greeting onto the card with the Black StazOn (let dry… it does not take long) and then I inked up the watermark stamp in Primrose Petals and stamped directly over the greeting.  It gives balance to the card … they call it a 3 point card (3 points of interest, that draw your eye around the entire card).

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Before mounting the card front onto the mat I added my ribbon, first the long strip, and then tying the second ribbon around it, to create the bow.  I’m sure any one of your friends would love to get this card.

I also want to share with you the…

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Please let me know if you have any questions about the steps to make the card, or with the “Weekly Deals”.  I will also include a list of the ingredients for today’s card for you below.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Here is the list of ingredients I used today …

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 Happy Watercolor Stamp Set – Wood / $29.95

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 Happy Watercolor Stamp Set – Clear / $21.95

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 Primrose Petals Ink Pad / $5.95

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 Primrose Petals Cardstock / $6.95

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 2012-14 In-Color Markers / $14.95 (Set of 5)

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 Blender Pens / $9.95 (Set of 3)

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 Flower Garden Embossing Folder / $7.95

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 Circle Collection Framelits / $26.95

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 5/8” Organza Ribbon – Whisper White / $5.95

 You may view or purchase any of these items just by clicking on the item number.  It will take you directly to my stampin’ store.  Shop 24/7 – 365 … Thank you.

Dare to Dream card …

Happy Friday Stampers!

Whew … we made it.  Just kidding, I saw a poster that said that, but I must admit, I am happy the weekend is almost here.

Yesterday I told you that I would be sharing a card with you, that I created from a picture that inspired me.  I saw the picture on Pinterest and though it would make a beautiful card.

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It’s hard to believe but I began with Whisper White cardstock!   Although the cardstock I used for matting  is Calypso Coral… my camera made it look a bit pink.  The background for the card was created entirely by sponging.

Here is my inspiration …

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If you click on the picture… you can see it in all it’s grandeur, and if you look closely, you can see the elephants.  I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.  I often look at nature for inspiration in designing and in the color pallets I choose.

For my card, I started with the foreground or “land” part of the card.  I sponged Basic Gray ink, layering it to create highlights and low-lights.  Then I moved into the sunset … beginning with Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and then Marina Mist.    I added the clouds next, using the Whisper White Craft Ink.

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The trees (from Serene Silhouettes) were stamped with the Black StazOn, as was the “Dare to Dream” from the Loving Thoughts stamp set.  If you click on the stamp set name, it will take you to the page so you can view the entire stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and feel inspired to go outside and take a walk, or stamp a card for a friend… better yet, with a friend!

Have a great weekend,

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