Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dazzling Snowflakes for PP176

Hello, my poor, long neglected blog.  You poor baby.  How have you been? I've been busy and I promise I hadn't forgotten you.  I did feel quite guilty about not visiting more frequently, but just couldn't seem to find the time.  A new year will be here soon, so, hopefully, time for more stamping. 

I finally sat down to stamp and decided to play along with The Paper Players because I just couldn't resist the white on white challenge! :o)

You were to use white on white and allowed only a metallic or neutral for the sentiment.  Got it.  I could do this.

So, I got out my VersaMark and my heat and stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds and inked up my newest stamp set, "Festive Flurry".  I'm a sucker for snowflake stamps and this one was no exception.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to photograph Dazzling Diamonds glitter?!? I tried, I really did. 
I even took a photo on an angle.  You can see the shimmer and shine here.

And, a close-up, because, well, it just seemed like the thing to do. 

Drat it all, this is a really pretty card IRL.  :sigh:  I wish you could see it...

On the inside, I used the ginormous snowflake inked with my VersaMark "Dazzle" and stamped the stamped the sentiment over it using silver Encore. 

You can sort of see the snowflake, can't you?  :sigh:  Maybe this is why I've neglected you--I can't seem to get decent photos...

At any rate, it's sparkly and Christmasy and delightful and sure to bring a smile to Lil's teacher's face. :o)


This card uses:

*Stamp Sets: "Festive Flurry", "Endless Wishes" and "Holiday Wishes" from PTI
*Ink: VersaMark "Dazzle", VersaMark, silver Encore
*Paper: PTI white card stock
*Accessories: Heat and Stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds, dimensionals

Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Birthday, Rachael.

It was time to make a birthday card for Rachael, whose special day always lands near Thanksgiving. I think that Eastern Elegance DSP is my favorite DSP of all time. I love the color combinations and decided to use the Smoky Slate/Crushed Curry combo for this card. As simple as the card is, it required a lot of different elements:

DSP: Eastern Elegance
Stamp: Beautifully Baroque
Punch: Three Flower
Nestabilities: Large scalloped oval, scalloped oval
Card Stock: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Crushed Curry
Ribbon: Crushed Curry
Embellishments: Pearls
Embossing Folder: Beautifully Baroque
Ink: Smoky Slate


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wanna Scoop?

I thought the "Mouthwatering" stamp set was the most wonderful stamp set for summer and just had to have it.  HAD to, I tell you. 

And then, it sat there.

And sat there.

And sat there.

And sat there.  Collecting dust. 

Holy smokes!  How could a stamp set with so much promise be so hard to use?!? 

I finally settled on stamping the image on a scrap of white and cutting it out--I figured I could do something with that, right?

So, I carefully colored, stamped and cut out the ice cream cones, and they just sat there. 

And sat there.

And sat there.

And sat there.

Are you sensing a theme here? :oP

Then, I began playing around with using the acrylic blocks to stamp blocks of color for a focal point, and that was it!  Perfect! 

I finished with the sentiment stamped underneath and popped the ice cream up on dimensionals.  :o)

Whew!  I did it!
For this card, I had the sentiment already cut and mounted lying on my desktop so I used it instead. 

Either way, it makes for a fun card.  :o)


This card uses:

*Stamp Sets:  "Four You", "Mouthwatering", "Curly Cute"
*Inks: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Garden Green, Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar
*Paper: White card stock, whisper white, Coastal Cabana
*Accessories: dimensionals

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

More White on White

I was still fiddling around with white on white when I made this card. Once I made the focal point at the top half of the card, I realized I needed something below to add balance. 

Stamp Set: Outlined Occasions
Ink: Strawberry Slush
Ribbon: Strawberry Slush
Embellishments: Pearls
Embosslit: Beautiful Wings


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Back to Those Sillohuettes

I just love this stamp set!  I can't seem to get enough of it. I can't help but wonder if I'm going to glut myself on it and then never want to see it again, or if it's more like eating way too much cookie dough and getting a stomachache and vowing to NEVER eat it again and then somehow managing to do so again anyhow. 

At any rate, I've continued to play around with fewer layers and using acrylic blocks to create a focal point. 

I played around with this idea, trying to get the layout just right, and wound up using up an entire card base doing so.  This one was particularly lovely so I just cut down the card and mounted it on another card.  Most of the time, you can save a mistake--it just takes a bit of thinking outside the box. :oP


This card uses:

*Stamp Sets: "Summer Silhouettes", "Express Yourself"
*Inks: Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky
*Paper: PTI white card stock

Monday, September 9, 2013

I Love Yellow

A friend's birthday is this week, and I wanted to make a card to go with the gift I purchased. Yellow is one of my favorite colors so I decided to put a lot of yellow onto a white background. I've had the stamp set, Mixed Bunch for a good while, and it always makes me happy when I use it. There is a large punch that works perfectly with the set, but instead of punching a yellow flower I decided to punch two white ones, layered, and then embellish them with yellow. Here's the supply list:

Stamp Sets: Mixed Bunch, Madison Avenue, and Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Whisper White and Daffodil Delight
Button: Daffodil Delight
Dimensionals to pop up the two-layered white flower
Inks: Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz
Punches: Large Flower and 1 1/8" Circle


Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Frustrations of Using White Craft Ink

I am often drawn to cards that use white craft ink, but am frustrated whenever I try to use it because the white never shows up white enough no matter how much ink I add to my stamps. So it is with this card. I bought the stamp set Hearts a Flutter because I envisioned making cards with dark cardstock and white ink, and I should have known better because of past failures at both Christmas and Valentine's Day using white craft ink on red cardstock. But I was so determined I soldiered on anyway. Sadly, the results are not at all what I pictured in my brain. I also wasted quite a bit of cardstock in the process because I never could get good results. This cards shows the best of the lot, and it still falls far short. If anyone knows how to get good results using white craft ink, please post a comment tell me how.