Mountain Sunset

Hi!  Keeping with the brayer theme from the other day, today’s card features a brayered background.

Brayer, Sunsent, Friendship, Mountain Air, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

The sunset is created using the brayer.  I started with Daffodil Delight ink and covered the entire piece of Whisper White.  To ink up the brayer, roll the brayer in just one direction repeatedly.  Do not go in a back and forth motion or you will end up with uneven coverage.  Start partially off the cardstock at the top and roll the brayer across the entire length.  Pick up the brayer and bring it back to the starting side (for me, that would be the left end as I am left handed) and roll over the cardstock overlapping this pass with the first one.  Continue with this method all the way down the cardstock.  Reink the brayer and repeat.  Continue to repeat until you have the color you’d like.  Repeat with Pumpkin Pie  – but do not go all the way down the paper this time – end shorter so that some of the Daffodil still shows.  The last color to apply is Cajun Craze -ending this one maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of the way down so that the Pumpkin Pie shows.

The mountains are stamped using Gray Granite ink.  I stamped the original image first, and then flipped the stamp over (as these are reversibles) and inked the backside to fill in the mountain range.   I then stamped using the back side again to fill in near the bottom of the cardstock panel.  Lastly, I lightly dragged the ink pad near the bottom edge to color it in.  You could also do this part with the brayer for a smoother look.

The birds are stamped in Jet Black Stazon and are from the High Tide stamp set.

The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings and is punched using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.

I hope you enjoyed a few uses for the brayer this week.

Don’t forget, we are half-way through our Designer Series Paper Sale!  Stock up now on your favorites while they are 15% off.

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You Make Life Better

Hi!  Today I am participating in Kylie’s International Blog Highlights for October.  I decided to share this card using the Faux Woodburning Technique I saw done by France Martin.

Nature, Friendship, Thanks, Rooted in Nature, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #FacebookLive, Faux Woodburning

I think this is a great technique for masculine cards.  The tree is from Rooted In Nature while the sentiment is from the Field Journal stamp set.

You’ll need Watercolor Paper, a water painter, Early Espresso ink and a Stamparatus.  That’s it!

Use the Stamparatus to align your image on the Watercolor paper.  Ink with Early Espresso and stamp.  Repeat this 2-3 times to make sure you have a good amount of ink on your paper.

Run the water painter back and forth (side-to-side, left-to-right or right-to-left) over the image to cover your watercolor paper. This pulls some of the Early Espresso ink over the paper giving that Woodburning look.

Here’s a video where I share this technique:

If you are so inclined, I’d love your vote for my card in Kylie’s Highlights.  Simply head over here and click on the heart in the upper right hand corner of my card to vote for it. It is Number 48.  Make sure you check out all the other entries!

Don’t forget, the Designer Series Paper sale that is happening this month!  You’ll have 15 different papers on sale in my on-line store. Hop on over and pick up your favorites!

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Beautiful Journey

Hi!  Today I have a quick card using the World of Good Suite from the Annual Catalog.

Journey, Masculine, World Of Good, Stampin' Up!, SU!

The World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper is paired with the Old World Paper Embossing Folder to create the background for this card.  I love the dimension the embossing folder gives to our Whisper White Cardstock.

The sentiment is stamped in Misty Moonlight ink and die cut using the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  The ink bottle is stamped in Jet Black StaZon and the feather in Crumb Cake.  Both are die cut with the coordinating die set.

The base is Early Espresso.

This is a great set for those masculine cards we sometimes struggle with.

Don’t forget, the new Standard Stampin’ Cut and Emboss has made its debut in my on-line store:

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You Make the World

Hi!  Today I am excited to be participating in Kylie’s International Blog Highlights!  Our theme this month is THANK YOU!   I loved this sentiment from the Beautiful World and thought I don’t appreciate the men in my life enough – so here is a card to do so.

I started with the new Cinnamon Cider In Color for the base of my card stock.  This is a very warm color  and thought it fitting for the card.   The base is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/4″ along the 8 1/2″ side.  The card is folded in the middle at 4 1/4″.   Fold back on the front panel on the 1 1/4″ score line.

I used the World of Good Specialty Designer Paper for my three strips.  The first strip is 1 1/2″ x 5 1/4″, the green strip is 1″ x 5 1/4″ and the Black and Gold grid is 1″ x 5 1/4″.

The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Cinnamon Cider ink and die cut using the Stitched Shapes dies.  This is layerd on a Basic Black square.  This is adhered to the folded front flap so it hangs over the edge of the flap.

The world is die cut using Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso cardstock.  It is attached to the front with dimensionals.

To see how I made the card, it is the second one in this video:

I’d love your vote for my card in Kylie’s Blog Highlights.  Simply click here to see all of this month’s projects.  Find my card #24 and click on the little heart in the upper right corner to vote for it.

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Happy Birthday Deer

Hi!  How are you!  Hope your weekend is going well!  Today I have a card for you featuring the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set.

Birthday, Masculine, Deer, Natures Beauty, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #Holiday2019

Did you know that for every set sold, Stampin’ Up! is donating $3 to Mental Illness organizations around the world?  Here in the US, the funds raised will support the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI).    During the month of October, I was matching that amount and have decided to continue to match it through the end of the year.   So, if you purchase this set through my on-line store, $6 of your $21 purchase will be donated to NAMI!

Ok – on to the card.  I used Crumb Cake Cardstock for my base.  The trees from the set are stamped in Jet Black Stazon ink.  I used Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Old Olive inks to lightly sponge on color.

For the deer, I once again used Jet Black Stazon ink.  I then used Watercolor Pencils – Early Espresso and Cajun Craze along with a Blender Pen to color him.  A touch of Old Olive for the grass finished off the panel.

The Stitched Nested Label framelits were used to cut the deer and Early Espresso  mat behind it.

The card is finished by stamping the sentiment  from the Here’s A Card Stamp Set in Jet Black Stazon ink.

If you would like to help me reach my goal of raising $75 for NAMI by the end of December, simply click on this link to purchase the Nature’s Beauty stamp set.

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Do You Love Sunsets?

Hi!  I LOVE sunsets – the colors of the sky lately have been gorgeous and I’ve been taking quite a few pictures with my phone.  After a few gorgeous nights, I decided to make a card – here’s my attempt:

Sunset, Friend Like You, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2019AnnualCatalog

While I didn’t quite catch all the colors in the sky – and will keep playing with a few other techniques, I am pretty happy with how it came out.

To make the background, I dragged the following ink pads across the paper from bottom to top – masking with a scrap piece where needed:

  • Old Olive
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Cajun Craze

I then stamped the images from the Friend Like You stamp set in Jet Black StazOn ink.    I love the Silhouette look to this stamp set – and if you aren’t in to stamping, there are coordinating dies that you could use instead for the images.

The measurements for the pieces are:

  • Base – Whisper White Thick – 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ score at 4 1/4″ and folded in half
  • Basic Black – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Whisper White – 3 1/2 x 4 3/4″

Hope you enjoyed today’s card!

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Lighthouse

Hi!  Today I have a card for you using the Sail Away Bundle in the Annual Catalog.  I love lighthouses, and couldn’t resist this set.

Sail Away, Lighthouse, Stampin' Up!, SU!, Masculine, #2019AnnualCatalog

The Lighthouse and Wheel were stamped in Gray Granite ink and then watercolored with an AquaPainter and Old Olive, Night of Navy and Gray Granite ink.   I love the soft shading to the light house.

A hole was cut in the Whisper White layer using the Layering Circles Framelits.  A piece of the Sail Away Designer Series Paper was attached behind it.  Gray Granite and Night of Navy Cardstock were used for the base and mat respectively.

  • Base Gray Granite:  4 1/4″ x 11″ – score at 5 1/2″
  • Mat layer Night of Navy – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Top layer Whisper White – 3 3/4″ x 5″
  • Circle cut-out – 2 1/2″
  • Designer Series Paper behind cut-out 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″

The Come Sail Away trinkets and Baker’s Twine were used to embellish the card.  A great card that could be used for many occasions including sympathy.

Don’t forget, the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper sale ends on Sept 30.    You’ll find the participating packs in my on-line store.

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Gearing Up

Hi!  Today I have a card to share featuring the Geared Up Garage suite from the Occasions Catalog.  With Father’s Day fast approaching, thought you might need a little inspiration.

Masculine, Geared Up Garage, #2019Occasions, Stampin' Up!, SU!

This card uses a fun technique called Tarnished Foil.  And it is so easy!  Simply drag your Jet Black StaZOn pad over your Champagne Foil before you run it through your Big Shot with the gear die from Geared Up Garage suite!

For this particular card, I die cut 2 sets of gears.  These are attached to the retiring In Color, Tranquil Tide.  I had the top set over hang the edge of the Tranquil Tide layer (which was first embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder), and just trimmed it off with Paper Snips.  I then took that piece that was trimmed and adhered it to the edge of the sentiment panel.

The Tranquil Tide top layer was mounted on a piece of Gray Granite Card stock (I LOVE this color!).  The sentiment is inked in Jet Black StaZon and stamped on Gray Granite as well.

The base is Tranquil Tide – 5 1/2″  x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and folded in half.

Don’t forget, just a few more days to get your favorites from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog and the 2019 Occasions Catalog!

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Fly Fishing Anyone?

Hi! Today I have another card featuring the Best Catch bundle from the Occasions Catalog.

Masculine, Fishing, Best Catch, #2019Occasions, Stampin' Up!, SU!

Love how this card turned out – and it is a pocket card – so you can tuck a little gift card or your note right there.

For this card, I sponged Balmy Blue and So Saffron ink on pieces of Designer Series Paper from the Wood Textures pack.  The fisherman is stamped  in StazOn Jet Black ink.   The base of the card is Balmy Blue.  A little burlap ribbon to finish it off.

For the base, start with a piece of Balmy Blue measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  Score at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ edge.  Slide the score line to the 2″ mark and cut (this allows you to create the pocket).  From the same sheet of Designer Series Paper, cut one piece 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ and another 5 1/4″ x 1 3/4″.  Save a scrap for the sentiment.  On the larger piece, sponge Balmy Blue on the bottom and So Saffron on the top to create the water and sunset.  Then stamp the fisherman.  On the smaller piece, sponge Balmy Blue on the top and Old Olive on the bottom (hard to see in this picture given the ribbon).  Use the envelope punch board to round all the corners.  Attach the top piece to the Balmy Blue base.  Use Tear & Tape on just the two sides of the lower flap and adhere to make the pocket.  Wrap the ribbon around the Designer Series Paper before attaching to the front of the pocket.  Add your sentiment and done!

Don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration ends this month!  So take advantage and earn your FREE goodies today!  Shop my on-line store here.  Use Host Code: 9DY7KYRM  and earn a FREE tutorial featuring the Beauty Abounds bundle!

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The One That Got Away?

Hi!  Today I am sharing the card I made during last week’s Facebook Live using the Best Catch bundle in the Occasions Catalog.

Fishing, Masculine, Best Catch, #2019Occasions, Stampin' Up!, SU!, Birthday

I am so happy with how the fish turned out.  I used an aqua painter and Old Olive and Crushed Curry ink to color the fish and then applied liquid glue using the Fine Tip Glue Pen to cover him. – here’s a better view:

Best Catch, Fishing, Masculine, #2019Occasions, Stampin' Up!, SU!

For the background on the card, I stamped the Crackle Paint Stamp set in Old Olive ink on Whisper White.  The cattails were die cut from the coordinating framelits from Old Olive Cardstock.  The Rectangle frame uses the new Stitched Rectangle Framelits in the Occasions Catalog as well.  I just layered two together and ran through the Big Shot once to make the frame.  Very easy and I love the stitching on it!  The sentiment is from the Piece Of Cake stamp set.

Here is the video – it is the second card:

What do you think?  Do you have fishermen on your friends and family list?  This would be a great bundle to use for birthday, Father’s Day or even Thank You!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project!

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