Friday, April 18, 2014

FM156 Sketchy Ombre

Ombre or hombre?  How do you pronounce "ombre"?  There was a discussion thread on this topic on Splitcoaststampers recently, which was quite amusing.  This week's Friday Mashup challenge is using the ombre technique.

Sketch by: Lynda
Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  1. Create a project using the "Sketch".
  2. Create a project with the "Ombre' Background Technique".
  3. Or Mash it up and create a project an "Ombre' Background & The Sketch"
  • The stamp image comes from the 2012 Stampin' Up! Convention stamp set I Am..., and I used the Chalkboard technique to create the main panel.
  • I was going for a black & yellow color scheme, and used a Chocolate Chip frame to simulate woodgrain.  I also added coordinating, subtle woodgrain texture to the background.
  • To satisfy the ombre requirement, I brayered a background panel with three different yellows. 
  • I grabbed some script from the Walk in the Park II download, added a 0.2" offset, and cut it out with an e-cutter.  
Stamps: I Am...; Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Patio Party DSP; Ink: Daffodil Delight, Summer Starfruit, Crushed Curry, Whisper White Craft, Versamark; Accessories: Summer Starfruit twine, Chalk marker, White embossing powder, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch, Brayer, Sponge, Woodgrain EF, On Film framelits, Big Shot, e-cutter; MDS Elements: Walk in the Park II.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Birthday, Janneke!

Last week Little Missy had a small play date to celebrate her birthday before enjoying Spring Break this week.  Originally we had planned on going to Hawaii for her birthday, and since that plan was changed, she had asked for a Hawaiian party.  I'll share a couple of the crafty items we included in the party.

The invitations -

Of course I was playing along with Mix-Ability #49, Happy Little Clouds. Janneke did all the stamping and coloring, and I made clouds for her with acrylic paint.

Stamps: Do the Hulu; Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White; Ink: Marina Mist, Basic Black, Soft Sky reinker; Accessories: Sponge, White acrylic paint, Colored pencils.

There were Hawaiian decorations and music, leis, pineapple and coconut drinking cups (with Hawaiian punch), drink umbrellas, and Hawaiian-themed fruit.  We played Pin the Tail on the Pig (in honor of the Hawaiian pig roast).

We also made this Easter bunny craft.

We sent our friends home with thank you bags filled with Hawaiian-themed goodies.

Stamps: Tropical Party MDS download, Oh, Hello MDS download; Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Island Oasis II MDS download; Accessories: Daffodil Delight taffeta ribbon.

And the thank you cards.  I was advisor, and Janneke did most of the work.

Stamps: Tropical Party, Thanks & Hello; Paper: Whisper White, Island Oasis DSP; Ink: Old Olive, Gumball Green, Early Espresso; Accessories: Colored pencils, Dimensionals.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Project Life & Weekly Deals

Hot off the presses, Stampin' Up! just announced they are partnering with Becky Higgins to bring Project Life to Stampin' Up!, with all the wonderful designs and coordination SU offers!



Starting May 1, a selection of products will be available for purchase (below), with even more items in the main catalog on June 2.



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And don't forget about this week's Weekly Deals, available through Monday, April 21.
Adorning Accents Edgelits Die
Adorning Accents Edgelits Die
Price: $9.95 $7.46
Anywhere Glue Sticks
Anywhere Glue Sticks
Price: $3.95 $2.96
Floral District Photobook Template -- Digital Download
Floral District Photobook Template - Digital Download
Price: $17.95 $10.77
Natural 5/8 Chevron Ribbon
Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon
Price: $6.95 $5.21
Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folders
Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folders
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Night Of Navy 1/4 Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Night Of Navy 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Outer Space Stampin' Around Jumbo Wheel
Outer Space Stampin' Around Jumbo Wheel
Price: $8.50 $6.38
Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper
Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper
Price: $10.95 $8.21

Monday, April 14, 2014

MDSM62 Blossom Builders Slightly Askew

This week's MDS Monday sketch by Cindy is a fun angled sketch plus the color matching tool.

I started with the Blossom Builders download and built the colors from there. Instead of just angled words, I was reminded of another card by Amy O'Neill, which I CASE'd, with angled washi tape. Fun!

MDS Elements: Tape It, Hello There; Paper: Twitterpated DSP; Accessories: Blossom Builders kit, Buttons Pack Brights, White baker's twine, Whisper White stitching.

Friday, April 11, 2014

FM155 You're Sweet Jelly Bean Jar

Avery had a fun challenge for this week's Friday Mashup, with fun Easter colors.


Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  1. Create a project using the Colors " Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder & Wild Wasabi".
  2. Create a " Shaped card".
  3. Or Mash it up and create a "Shaped Card using the above Colors".
To start the shaped card, I imported the Perfectly Preserved jar shape into my e-cutter, traced, and cut. 

For the My Digital Studio card front design, the jelly bean shape was created by editing a circle punch shape, similar to the process in this post.  I added the crescent-shaped reflection I had on file from this post.  The card front was then exported to the e-cutter for a print-and-cut process.  I ended up hand-cutting the jar lid.  There is also a Window Sheet layer, cut with the e-cutter, on top of the jar to simulate glass.

Stamps: Perfectly Preserved MDS download, You're Cherished; Paper: Whisper White, Window Sheet; Ink: Early Espresso; Accessories: Wisteria Wonder baker's twine, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stampin' Up! Big Wish

I am so excited to show you a new trick today.  A past Card Concept challenge got me thinking about cake pops.  How fun is this inspiration photo?  The Occasions catalog has the Big Wish stamp set with cake pops, but they are solid rather than line images.  In order to play along with the Mix-Ability challenge #50, Color It Twice, once with alcohol markers and again with colored pencils, I needed line images. 

I was poking around my Silhouette Cameo e-cutter software, and I figured out a way to trace an image from My Digital Studio.  But rather than cut it out, I changed the trace line to a print line so I could print a line image for coloring.  Cool, huh?

Here's what the stamp images look like -

And here's what I did with it -

I used a little bit of marker contraband here, but here's some good news... Stampin' Up's Blendabilities alcohol markers will be in the upcoming 2014-2015 catalog.  I can't wait!  After coloring with markers, I did a bit of shading with colored pencils.  This card uses Splitcoaststampers sketch SC449.

MDS Download: Big Wish; Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP; Ink: Basic Black marker, Copic markers; Accessories: Colored pencils, Banner punch, Decorative Dots EF, Big Shot, Sewing machine, Thread, Dimenisonals.

Check out this video to see how I did it -

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stampin' Up! Summer Silhouettes & Weekly Deals

I'm feeling pretty blue this week.  I lost my kitty of 17 years last weekend.  Here he is holding my hand after I returned from the Leadership Conference last year.  He would follow me like a puppy dog for a week after I had been out of town.

And here he is a week ago, following me around the yard while I tried to take pictures of him.

His last week, not eating and losing strength, was so extremely tough for me.  I was late, later than usual, for swimming on Wednesday morning.  But I sat on the floor with him, while he headbutted me, purred, and nibbled on my sleeve. 

I needed a card to send to the family of a stamp club member that passed away recently.  In her honor, we gathered 132 cards for the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, as per her request.  I want to send a note to her family to let them know.  The colors on this week's Fab Friday challenge was perfect for my quiet, subdued mood.  I also used a simplified version of Retro Sketches #109.

Of course I am also a dork.  After I stamped the dark brown, I found it was Soft Suede.  I swear I grabbed for Baked Brown Sugar.  Oh well.

Stamps: Summer Silhouettes; Paper: Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet DSP; Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede; Accessories: Pinking Hearts border punch, Dimensionals.

Here are this week's Weekly Deals -
Brights Glimmer Brads
Brights Glimmer Brads
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Gingham Standard Stampin' Around Wheel
Gingham Standard Stampin' Around Wheel
Price: $6.50 $4.88
Island Indigo Baker's Twine
Island Indigo Baker's Twine
Price: $2.95 $2.21
Make A Cake Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Make A Cake Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Price: $11.95 $8.96
Punch Pack
Punch Pack
Price: $16.95 $12.71
Recipes By Design Digital Kit - Digital Download - by Stampin' Up!
Recipes By Design Digital Kit - Digital Download
Price: $9.95 $5.97
Secret Garden Framelits Dies
Secret Garden Framelits Dies
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Summer Starfruit 1-1/4 Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Summer Starfruit 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
Price: $8.95 $6.71
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