Friday, October 24, 2014

FM183 Iron-Off Leafy Thanks

It's my turn to host the Friday Mashup challenge.  This week is a color challenge plus a technique.  I chose iron-off embossing, since I have never tried it.

First stamp and heat emboss your image.  Then use the embossing as a resist to color your background.  You could sponge, watercolor, or use direct-to-paper technique, among others.  Once the background is done, use scratch paper and a medium-heat iron to remove the melted embossing powder to leave a flat, mat finish.

Prepping for our downline shoebox swap project, I thought I would combine it with this challenge.  I love the watercolor look of this new set, For All Things.  Turns out, the iron-off embossing works pretty well with the sentiment and the watercolor swatch.  I used Freshly Made Sketches #154 for my card.

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project with "Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist & Baked Brown Sugar". 
  • Create a project with the "Iron-Off Embossing Technique".  Link to technique HERE.
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Project using the colors above & the Iron-Off Embossing Technique".
Stamps: For All Things, Gorgeous Grunge; Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Color Me Autumn DSP; Ink: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Baked Brown Sugar, Versamark; Accessories: Color Me Autumn washi tape, Linen Thread, Clear EP, Corner Rounder punch, Iron, Dimensionals.

I also have a bonus iron-off embossing card, playing along with Mix-Ability challenge #67, Take It Away.

I did some layered batik resist, with layers of clear heat embossing and coloring, to show the text paper underneath. I gave Dina's bokeh tutorial a try, using the inside circular stamp pieces from Daydream Medallions and also a pencil eraser. My first color layer was watercolored, but then I switched to brayered, which worked out better.  Once all the layers were complete, for the "take it away" step, I ironed-off the embossing powder.  This card also uses Fab Fri sketch #51.

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, And Many More, Big Bold Birthday MDS image; Paper: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Moonlight DSP, First Edition DSP; Ink: Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Island Indigo; Accessories: White EP, Pencil, White baker's twine, Brayer, Watercolor brush, e-cutter.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holiday Supplement & More

Did you hear there's a supplement to the Holiday Catalog out, and it is now LIVE?!
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The Holiday Catalog has been a big hit, and the supplement gives several more holiday product and project options for you this season.

Highlighted in this supplement are Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit, 12 Days of Christmas stamp set, and more exciting Project Life options to help document your holiday season.  Take a look!

This week's Weekly Deals are...
Calypso Coral  3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $8.95 $6.71
Jumbo Sticky Rounds
Jumbo Sticky Rounds
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Little Buddy Birthday Wood Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Little Buddy Birthday Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Price: $21.95 $16.46
Settin’ Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set
Settin’ Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set
Price: $13.95 $10.46
Soft Sky 1/2 Seam Binding Ribbon
Soft Sky 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
Price: $6.95 $5.21
Spook Central Designer Ensemble -- Digital Download
Spook Central Designer Ensemble - Digital Download
Price: $12.95 $7.77
Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $7.95 $5.96

Monday, October 20, 2014

MDSM87 Little Swimmer

It's Yapha's turn to give us a sketch for this week's MDS Monday.  She has a couple technique hints, so make sure you check those out on the challenge blog site.
Tami's page, with the little blue square pattern, caught my eye a few weeks back.  It reminds me of indoor pool tile, so I thought *ding*... great idea for this page!  My little missy takes after her pool-loving mama!

Here is this week's sketch -

MDS Elements: Natural Composition Overlays, Accessory Cord pack, Get It Done tag, Water Droplet download from internet; Font: Bodoni MT Condensed.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Serene Silhouettes

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This time we are hopping along with silhouette set Serene Silhouettes.  If you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Kerry's blog.  There is no end to Kerry's creativity!

As a silhouette stamp set, it is perfect for background techniques.  Sponging, brayering, watercoloring... you name it!  Building on the CAS sponged-scene card I made last week, I started off in the same direction.

Keeping to the true one-layer card (minus the base), I kept adding more and more features... clouds, a couple stars, the sentiment.  Remembering Cindy Elam's card using the Note Tag punch and stamps from September's Paper Pumpkin Kit, I ended up sponging and stamping a tombstone via reverse masking.  Score!  This qualifies the card for Mix-Ability #68, Reverse Masking.  For coloring media, I used classic ink, Basic Black marker, and a white gel pen.

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Boo-tiful Bags Paper Pumpkin kit, Ghoulish Greetings, Dictionary BG; Paper: Very Vanilla; Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: White gel pen, Note Tag punch, Circle punch, Sponges, Post-It Notes.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what lovelies the fabulous Yapha Mason has put together with Serene Silhouettes


Control Freaks Fall & Gratitude Blog Tour

Welcome... It's time to hop along with the super fabulous Control Freaks group!  This month's theme is Fall & Gratitude.  My favorite time of year!!  You've probably arrived here from Connie Babbert's blog.  Her projects are always so gorgeous and creative!

I wanted to focus on the Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit in the Holiday Catalog.  I love the premise of this kit, jotting down items of thankfulness.  Life is hard, but when you take a step back and list all your blessings, your attitude turns right around.

Of course, as a demonstrator, I would have to put my own spin on it.  I thought this was a perfect kit to pull together a decor item, a surprise for my daughter for her bedroom.

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She'll get a chance to write down some items she is thankful for, and I added some photos I thought she would like.  She will be able to rearrange, add, and customize as she likes.

Stamps: For All Things, Truly Grateful, Fall Fest; Paper: Vellum; Ink: Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Lost Lagoon; Accessories: Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit, Linen thread, Rhinestone jewels, Banner punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Feathers framelits, Fun Fall framelits, Bitty Banners framelits, Big Shot.

Following through with the idea of jotting down items of thankfulness, I created a prayer or gratitude journal with the kit.

I trimmed down the paper inserts slightly so they fit easily in the pockets and bound the album with the kit's thick baker's twine.

Stamps: For All Things, Truly Grateful, Fall Fest; Paper: Very Vanilla; Ink: Hello Honey, Tangerine Tango, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Lost Lagoon; Accessories: Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit, Linen thread, Gold Basic Metal button, Rhinestone jewels, Banner punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.

So what to do with the leftover number stickers?  December Dailies came to mind, although the color scheme is definitely for fall, so I put together some November Dailies pages.  You could easily throw together some Project Life pages, but I love the hodgepodge feel of a This & That album.

I was determined to use the kit whenever possible, so with the exception of a couple embellishments, all items came from it.  Day 10 utilizes an interactive pull-out from one of the kit's pockets.

Stamps: Remember This, Hip Notes, Alphabet Rotary; Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Silver Glimmer; Ink: Real Red, Early Espresso; Accessories: Gratitude for Days Simply Created Kit, Epic Day This & That bundle, What's Up punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Squares Collection framelits, Big Shot, Alphabet Soup download in My Digital Studio, e-cutter.

Jump over to the amazing Debbie Henderson's blog to check out what fabulous ideas she has for us. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

FM182 Out of this World

A new technique to try at the Friday Mashup, the Galaxy Technique.  This is not a card for my friend, but my daughter's friend.  What's better for the galaxy technique than an alien, right?

I followed Kristina Werner's method for my card, with lots of acrylic paint on regular card stock.  I utilized Freshly Made Sketches #157 for this one.  Cute, eh?

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project with the "Galaxy Technique".   Links to technique HERE & HERE.
  • Create a project for "A Friend". 
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Project for a friend using the Galaxy Technique".
Stamps: Blast Off; Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet DSP, I Am Me DSP; Ink: Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede; Accessories: Acrylic paints.

Did you see the latest photopolymer release, Gentle Peace?

All photopolymer stamp sets, not in the catalogs, are available for six months.

Here are this week's Weekly Deals, available through Monday.

Darling Doily Thinlits Die by Stampin' Up!
Darling Doily Thinlits Die
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Decorative Window Gift Box
Decorative Window Gift Box
Price: $4.95 $3.71
Floral Frames Framelits Die
Floral Frames Framelits Die
Price: $26.95 $20.21
Mustache Framelits Die by Stampin' Up!
Mustache Framelits Die
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Die by Stampin' Up!
Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Die
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Spooky Treats Designer Template -- Digital Download
Spooky Treats Designer Template - Digital Download
Price: $12.95 $7.77
Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Truly Grateful Wood Stamp Set
Price: $27.95 $20.9

Monday, October 13, 2014

MDSM86 Patriarchs

I'm hosting this week at the MDS Monday challenge.  I thought today we'd try a background technique that could be applied to a card or scrapbook page, the herringbone technique

I went with small 1/4" width strips for my herringbone, so you can really get a feel for the pattern.  Oh, and the subject of the page is the patriarchs of our Canadian cabin, my parents.

Here's the sketch and the herringbone pattern created on a separate page -

You can find a step-by-step video by Juanita Golson on  A couple of hints -
  • I followed Juanita's method for one quadrant of the herringbone pattern.  I then grouped them together (without the first three main divider pieces) and copied and pasted for the other three quadrants.
  • I created the herringbone pattern on a separate page, exported as a JPEG, and then inserted into another page so that I could mat the layer neatly onto a background page base. 
MDS Elements: Travel Journal DSP, Smitten Alphabet punch, Gold Sequins, Burlap ribbon, Gold & Silver baker's twine, Everyday Woodcuts, Staple.
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