Thursday, January 19, 2017

Control Freaks Sale-a-Bration/Occasions Blog Tour

Welcome to another Control Freaks blog tour!  There is so much to love in the Sale-a-Bration and Occasions catalogs, we are again focusing on them this month.  You've probably arrived here from Debbie Henderson's blog.  Her projects are always on point!

Last month I mentioned I challenged myself to make quite a few projects with Lift Me Up so I can "warm up" with the set and then pick one for the Control Freaks SAB/Occasions swap.  So without further ado, here's the swap card I settled on.

I used Freshly Made Sketches #267 for this card. I wanted a clean design, but I felt the need to fill the smooth blank background in some subtle way. So I used the Sunburst Thinlit to emboss the background.  I did this by putting the card stock on top (non-cutting side) of the Sunburst die, rather than underneath (cutting side) it; all other sandwich layers being the same.  I did put a piece of copy paper under the die to help protect the cutting edge a bit.

Stamps: Lift Me Up; Paper: Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Carried Away DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper; Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Night of Navy; Accessories: Silver Metallic Thread, Up & Away Thinlits, Sunburst Thinlit, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Did you ever just have a play day with some stamping techniques, maybe to practice or learn something new?  I sat down with the artistic set Beautiful You to practice some no-line watercoloring on scraps.  It turned out pretty good, so I mounted it up on some spare pieces on my desk.

I stamped the outline in Sahara Sand, after stamping off once, and then watercolored from there.  This lovely lady in yellow needs some pearls, don't you think?

Stamps: Beautiful You; Paper: Whisper White, Playful Palette DSP, Watercolor Paper; Ink: Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon, Emerald Envy, Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, Tuxedo Black Memento; Accessories: White Baker's Twine, Aquapainter, Sewing Machine, Thread, Dimensionals.

Jump over to the fabulous Lyssa Zwolanek's blog to check out what inspiring ideas she has for us. 


stampwithamyk said...

Awesome cards Heidi! I love the embossing with the Sunburst Die, great idea! Perfect layers and design. :)

Mary Brown said...

BEAUTIFUL cards Heidi! I especially love the background you have on your balloon card!

Connie Babbert said...

Gorgeous! I loved your Lift Me Up swap and the Beautiful You card is wonderful! Great job!

Cindy said...

I know that Lift Me Up card looks even more stunning in person! Love the idea to use the dir for embossing! And your Beautiful You card is .....beautiful!

Melissa Stout said...

You've inspired me to try the no-line watercoloring. It looks amazing. And I love your balloon card, too!

beth rush said...

love the way you used the sunburst die Heidi!! Great projects as always.

Debbie Henderson Debbie's Designs said...

Such pretty cards. I love the tone-on-tone of your sunrays!

Bev Gerard said...

Oh .. oh ... Ohhhhhh! The balloon card alone was pushing me over the edge on my next order ... thank yu very much. But then you include the no-line wonderful work on Beautiful You! Double glorious treasure here indeed!