Friday, July 25, 2014

Kinda Cool and Eclectic

Oh, I'm lovin' the new Kinda Eclectic stamp set.  Woo Hoo!  It's pretty fabulous if I do say so myself.  All of the pieces will work nicely with other stamps as lovely soft background additions  or boldly stand out as they do on this card.  Hope you like it!

Stamps:  Kinda Eclectic
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, and Whisper White
Accessories:  Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels, and Dimensionals
Don't you just love how the Basic Gray and Daffodil Delight colors go together to make such a "sunshiney" card?  It always makes me happy seeing these colors together!

This card actually used all but one of the stamps in the set.  I'll get around to using the gorgeous leaves on something else real soon.  They are just too pretty to ignore!

 I really love the dotty stamp border in this set.  I thought it might be hard to line up, but it was so easy with the clear-mount set I have.  Instead of adding more texture to the card with tons of layers or embossing, I just relied on the different textures in the stamps themselves.  Really cool if you ask me.  To change things up a bit, I decided to attach the layering at a slight angle to give it more eye-appeal.  Set on straight it looked just a little too staid.  Then I added a pop of pearl to the butterfly and it was good to go.
Hope you liked this idea.  I know I need to keep this set out on my table and play around a little more with it.   Enjoy!!    Sharon

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer Silhouettes times 2

Seems like I'm grabbing my Summer Silhouettes stamp set more and more often lately.  There's just so much good stuff in this set with the solid images and 2-step stamping pieces.  And don't forget that simple border stamp that can be used to advantage on many cards.  So today I have two totally different card ideas to share with you.  I'm only going to give the full product list on the first one.  The 2nd one will be a little sketchy on that, but it's pretty self-explanatory.  And you're so smart, I'm sure you'll figure it all out easily! 

Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes, Work of Art, and A Dozen Thoughts
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  Blushing Bride, Whisper White, and retired DSP in Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton Ribbon
As you can see, it's a clean and simple card, but not boring at all.   I just love the swashes of color as the base for the stamping done with Blushing Bride ink.  The color is soft enough not to overpower the rest, but pulls it all together for a finished look.

I needed to use a retired Designer Paper because I don't have all the new ones yet.  Just can't buy everything I want make that need in the first month or two of the new catalog coming out.  Sure would like to, but it's just not feasible.  Too bad!
Here's the 2nd card I have for you using the Summer Silhouettes stamp set.  Have you noticed the difference in looks from the first card?   Yep, just a little difference here and there!  This one uses a lot of last year's retired In Colors - in fact I just realized that it uses all five of them - Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, and Raspberry Ripple.   Yes, I miss these colors, but I still own them and get them out every once in a while to play so they don't get too lonesome!

That's it for today.  It's a little short I guess, but at least it's posted!  I'll be back with more ideas from class and Hostess Club soon.  Hope you're enjoying your summer.  The little guys are having a blast and keep me running.  Check back in again soon.     Sharon

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Work of Art #5 Birthday

Ok, last one of the series.  And I'm so tired right now that this post is going to be very short and sweet.  Let's get right to it.....

Stamps:  Work of Art, Gorgeous Grunge, and Endless Birthday Wishes
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, and Bermuda Bay
Paper:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, and Bermuda Bay
Accessories:   Big Shot with Starburst Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch (star), 2 3/8" Scallop Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, and Dimensionals
I kept the colors all bright and happy for this birthday celebration card.  The colors carry through on both the inks and cardstock pieces.  The stars punched from each of the colors add a festive touch.  And who doesn't like the touch of sparkle from the rhinestones on each star?

Have you seen this new birthday photopolymer stamp set yet?  Both the cake image and the sentiments are from the Endless Birthday Wishes set.  It's going to be one of those sets that gets used over and over again because of all the mix & match sentiments in it.  Love it!!!

The layering of the main image was finished off with the starburst in Crushed Curry. It just made the scalloped Melon Mambo layer stand out even more.

Don't you love the addition of the bits of speckles from the Gorgeous Grunge tying all the components together?  It reminded me of confetti at a party.  I had thought to add bits of the other two colors, but that seemed too much.  So this is it - 3 stamp sets and 3 colors to make the card.  Fun, fun, fun.  And that's it for me tonight.  I'm off to bed to get rewound and we start it all over again at 6am.  Ta ta...       Sharon

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Work of Art #4

Back again here with the latest installment of ideas using the new Work of Art stamp set.  Yes, I still think it's a fabulous set and love using it.  It's so simple and can be used in so many different ways.  Today's card has the images stamped in a very straightforward manner.  No quirky ideas or anything of that sort, just simple stamping.

Stamps:  Work of Art and Simply Celebrate
Ink:  Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay
Paper:  Whisper White and Bermuda Bay
Accessories:  Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Isn't this card pretty?  I love the clean look of it and the two colors of Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay are fun and breezy.  To jazz up the card a little, the strip of Washi Tape is the easiest idea ever!  Talk about something that's so quick to do but has a little pop - adding the gold of the Washi Tape is too cute.  A little added sparkle from the rhinestones and you're finished in only minutes.

As I mentioned, just simple stamping and not much in the line of layering or embellishments.  Just a clean and simple card.  Oh yeah, this was totally a CASEd idea too.  Unfortunately, I thought I had seen this idea on Stampin' Connection and spent the last half hour looking for it to give credit for the idea and I couldn't find it.  (Couldn't believe there were so many pages of ideas for this set!!!  Wow)   But I never did find the idea.  Sooooo, if this is your idea, let me know so I can give you credit.

Thanks for stopping by for the latest installment of the Work of Art saga.  Hope I can stop at 5 ideas and don't get too bogged down with this one set.  There are lots more new stamps out there to play with and I need to get cracking!  Have a wonderful week.  Hope you're not getting quite as much rain as we are lately.  But I guess we needed it.  Unfortunately, the grandboys really want to get out and play on the playscape.  Oh well, indoor fun for now.   Have fun!      Sharon

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Work of Art #3

Ok, I'm back with the latest idea using the new Work of Art stamp set.  In case you haven't figured it out yet, I just love this set and all the fun things that can be done with it.  Today, we're going back to an idea that's similar to the first version I shared.

Stamps:  Work of Art and Yippee-Skippee!
Ink:  Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Garden Green, and Pool Party
Paper:  Pool Party and Whisper White
Accessories:  Subtles Candy Dots, and Lg Corner Rounder(ret)
This is actually the first card idea I tried out with the new set as soon as I got my little hands on it.  I had seen something online using the wider swoosh as a sun and I just went from there.  The sun is actually stamped 3 times to get this look.  The overlapping of the stamping doesn't seem to be a problem with the look because everything else also has multiple overlapping going on too.

The flower is the squiggle stamped 3-4 times with a lot of overlap.  The stem is just stamped once, but the leaf is the heart stamped twice and overlapped in the center.  Isn't that a cute idea?

I love this sentiment from the Yippee-Skippee! stamp set.  It just says it all!  And it doesn't have to fit any special day - just any day will do fine!  I think it makes a perfect thinking of you type of card.  I mean, wouldn't it add a little bit of 'happy' to your day if this came in the mail to you?  I'd love to get something besides bills in my mail.  (grin)

Ok, enough editorializing here.  Time to get this posted today.  Thanks for stopping in today.  Hope you're enjoying this series as much as I am.  Have a great day!         Sharon

Monday, June 16, 2014

Work of Art Take 2

Hey, I promised there would be a series of cards using the fabulous new Work of Art stamp set, and here I am with the 2nd in the series.  This time I'm focusing in on the large swoosh of color type of stamp.  Hmm, did that last sentence even make sense?  Oh well, keep reading and check out the card and it will probably make sense.  If not, boy, guess I'm not thinking straight today.  Let's check it out...

Stamps:  Work of Art, World of Dreams, and A Dozen Thoughts
Ink:  Island Indigo, Mossy Meadow, and Stazon Jet Black
Paper:  Island Indigo, Mossy Meadow, and Whisper White
Accessories:  Corner Rounder, and that's it

In case you haven't noticed, this is a really simple card to make.  Although 3 different stamp sets were used, the sentiment and black silhouette stamps are interchangeable with so many different stamp sets.  So that means you could do this idea in a million or more different versions depending on colors and stamps used.  Now what could be more versatile than that?

I've actually done this card using the retired Midnight Muse and Gumball Green ink and it ends up being a little brighter.  The Mossy Meadow is a yummy green, but a little on the dark side for this card.  Hmmm I might just try making it again using Old Olive with the Island Indigo.  What do you think?  And what other color combos should I try??  What about fall colors and maybe the tall weedy looking stamp from the same World of Dreams set???  Yes, I think the options might just be endless!

That's it for today.  Glad you stopped in to see what's new.  Come on back for the rest of the series.  You might just decide you need to own this stamp set too!  You can always order it (or anything else!) directly from me.  I'd be happy to help you out.  Have fun stamping!       Sharon

Sunday, June 15, 2014

You are a Work of Art

 If  you are looking for the most versatile set in the new Stampin' Up! catalog, check out Work of Art.  I think this stamp set will be my new go-to set for the next few months.  I've already made 5 totally different cards using this stamp set.  And I'll be sharing them with you for the next 5 days.  Sound like a good idea to you?  Hope so, 'cuz that's what I'll be doing.  So here's the first one. 

Stamps:  Work of Art
Ink:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie,
Paper:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, and Pumpkin Pie
Accessories:   Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly Punches, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Lg Corner Rounder(ret), Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Brights Candy Dots, and Glue Dots
This card was so much fun to make!  The flower is made from a squiggle stamp that is stamped repeatedly.  Just keep one end of the stamp centered and stamp around in a circle.  How simple is that!  Depending which end of the stamp is in the center, you get a totally different looking flower.  With stamping the other end out, the flower has a very feathery look to it. 

The stamp set has several different sentiment to it, so I didn't need a separate sentiment set to make this card.  Easy peasy when it's all right there in the set for you!

The only really addition to the card were the different punches used.  I chose two of the card colors to make a layered butterfly for the corner where it looked a  little bare.  Butterflies are always a nice addition.  I also added a Razzleberry scallop of cardstock underneath the button accent to make it stand out more.  And that's about it.  Quick and simple, but fun with an artistic flair from the loosely stamped flower.

Thanks for sliding by to see what I've been stamping today.  I'll have another card for you tomorrow that uses the same set with totally different look to it.  Come on back and check it out.  See you soon,     Sharon              
ps - Happy Father's Day,  honey!