Friday, August 1, 2014

Showcasing Gold Soiree

This was another swap card, and I think it really shows off the Gold Soiree Specialty DSP. This paper is fahhhhbulous, dahling! Not only does one side of each sheet have a gold design of some sort, but both sides are beautifully glossy. (I'm starting to think about Christmas cards, and this paper is going to get a lot of use, I can tell ya!)

Relying on the patterns in the paper made it really easy to just make the greeting the focus. As a woman of a "certain" age (snort), that greeting just tickles my funny bone, too! It's from the Oh My Goodies stamps set, and all the stamps are made to fit the Deco Labels Framelits Dies. No fussy-cutting needed!

This month Stampin' Up! has a Big Shot promotion going on! Through August 31, get an exclusive Framelits and Stamp Set Bundle for FREE when you purchase a Big Shot. And this stamp set and Framelits bundle is one of them! (Or, if you already own a Big Shot, get a 15 % discount on the selected bundles.) Check it out on my Stampin' Up! website!

STAMP: Oh My Goodies
CARDSTOCK: Garden Green, Whisper White, Gold Soiree Specialty DSP
INK: Calypso Coral
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Deco Labels Framelits, Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Coloring the Perfect Peacock

I am seriously addicted to coloring with the Stampin' Blendabilities markers! Is there a 12 step program to help marker addicts? If so, please don't tell me about it, because I'm having too much fun!

I hadn't planned on getting the Perfect Peacock stamp, because I figured I had plenty of images that I could color already. But then I got to looking at those stamp sets, and mostly they're floral images, which is perfectly okay, except sometimes I don't WANT to color just flowers. Sooooo, onto the order it went, and woohoo I'm glad I caved!

After coloring the bird, I used the Color Lifter Marker to add highlights to its wing and breast, so it looked more like shiny plumage. If you try that, be sure to go back with whatever color you used originally and blend the edges a bit. That's what makes BLENDabilities so great!

You may have noticed this isn't a standard A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") size. I went with an A6 (4 1/2" x 6 1/4") because the image is so large, and I wanted more of a border around it. It would have fit an A2 card, of course, but for this use I wanted it larger.

I discovered something cool, too! We all know the Blendabilities will color embellishments, but did you know the Stampin' Dazzle Markers will, too? I wanted gold accents on the Antique Brad embellishment I used, and that marker did the trick. When it was dry, the ink didn't rub off, either! Now I want to try it on other embellishments (1/8" Mini Brads and Essentials Hardware Clips perhaps?).

STAMPS: Perfect Peacock, Flower Patch (greeting), Gorgeous Grunge
CARDSTOCK: Shimmery White, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Basic Black
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso, Coastal Cabana, plus Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, and Calypso Coral Stampin' Blendabilities Markers, Gold Stampin' Dazzle Marker
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Fancy Fan TIEF, Antique Brads, Venetian Crochet Trim, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

Monday, July 28, 2014

Another Swap

Here's another card I made for convention swaps.This was for another Stampin' Addicts organized swap, but in the New Catalog category this time. I sure do love coloring with the Stampin' Blendabilities markers, can you tell?
From Millan.Net
In fact, I love them so much, I've scheduled a free coloring class to show how they are different from our Stampin' Write Markers, and the different uses of all our coloring products! If you are interested, be sure to RSVP soon, because space is limited.

Notice the floral background paper? I stamped a different flower image from the I like You set in VersaMark ink on the cardstock to make my own patterned paper. It's a great way to make your own patterned paper, using supplies you have on hand, if you don't have just what you need in your Designer Series Paper!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Swap Card

For the Stampin' Up! convention this year, I didn't go overboard on making swap cards, like I did last year. Thank goodness, because I had much less stress, which made the whole experience much more enjoyable! This is a card I made for on of the Stampin' Addicts organized swaps. I just love swapping with that group of stampers, because I know I will get amazing swaps back!

This was a "Something old, something new" swap. We were to use a stamp set that is current, but not new this year, and combine it with something that IS new, like DSP, or embellishments. I chose Papillon Potpourri for my something old, and the fabulously awesomely glimmery Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. You just can't appreciate how beautiful this is unless you see it for yourself!

The greeting is from the hostess set called Let Your Hair Down.

I have more swaps to share over the next week or so. One of which I can't share yet because it's a Control Freaks swap, and my Freaky peeps haven't received it yet. Don't want to spoil the surprise! But I will say that Glimmer Paper was involved, and leave it at that.

STAMPS: Let Your Hair Down, Papillon Potpourri
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
INK: Jet Black StazOn
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Perfect Polka-Dots embossing folder, Elegant Butterfly Punch