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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Inspiration Sunday

Where do you find inspiration?  Sometimes I find it in surprising places.  Last week my husband and I went out for breakfast.  We hadn't visited this cafe before, and we were very pleasantly surprised at how delicious our omelettes were, as well as the price.  And something else that I noticed - a tee shirt.

This is Javier.  He was clearing tables, and as he walked by, his tee shirt caught my eye:

Something about it was familiar:

Oh yes...the colors!  And the egret!

So I asked him if I could take a picture of his shirt (the wait staff tried to sell me one 😁) and I came home to create this:

What do you think?

Lilypad Lake is a new Stampin' UP! set that includes the egret and has wonderful coordinating dies.  So I got busy...

I knew I wanted a black background to set off the fabulous colors in the main panel.  So I started by sponging, on Whisper White, using Pineapple Punch, Poppy Parade and Call Me Clover inks.

Next I stamped the egret from Lilypad Lake.  Now this stamp is not a solid stamp, so after stamping it using Tuxedo Black, I colored in the bird with a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker.  Finally, using a mask of the bird, I stamped the tree from Sheltering Tree, using Soft Suede ink.

Once done, I took a piece of Basic Black cardstock, 4" x 5-1/4", and ran it through my Big Shot three times.

The first time through was with the new Subtle embossing folder.  This gives a nice linen look.  Then I repeated the trip through the Big Shot with the new Tufted embossing folder.  Sigh...LOVE!  Can you see the gorgeous texture?

For the final Big Shot work, I cut the oval with the Layering Ovals Framelits.  Then I placed a lot of Dimensionals on the back and centered it over my stamped panel.  The grass was cut with the Lakeside Framelits.  

This was then adhered to my card base, of Basic Black, using more Dimensionals.

A few Rhinestone Basic Jewels were placed on the corners of the Tufted "pillows" to give the card a little sparkle.

And I finished it off with a sentiment from Painted Glass, stamped in Versamark ink on Poppy Parade cardstock, and heat embossed with Black embossing powder.  

I wonder if I need to send this to the cafe?

And there's your inspiration for this Sunday; what will you create?

All products used are listed below; click on a photo and you'll go directly to my on-line store.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Have You Seen This Paper?

OMG...This paper is the BOMB!  Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper is SO gorgeous!  And it was actually created by taking photos of real flowers.  Take a look:

If. you love flowers, pick up some of this beautiful Designer Series Paper.  Petal Promenade will make your cards and scrapbook pages look like art!

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Go Girl!

My daughter recently interviewed for a promotional opportunity at her company, and I sent her this card:

This was my test drive of the new Lined Alphabet stamp set and the coordinating Layering Alphabet Edgelits dies.  What do you think?

This is such a cool concept - each letter is cut with a chevron-shaped piece of cardstock so you can layer the letters and make awesome color combinations.

I chose blues:  Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, Blueberry Bushel, Lemon Lime Twist and ending with Daffodil Delight.  

Hint:  I found that stamping the letters first, then cutting was easier than cutting them out first.  Even though the stamps are photopolymer, I had a little trouble getting them lined up just right.  But once I flipped the order, it was a breeze.  And I was able to make a motivational card for my daughter.

I completed the words with the triumphant girl from Enjoy Life.  She's stamped in Night of Navy ink and fussy-cut with my Paper Snips.

And I needed something on the other end for balance:

I thought the sentiment and leaves from Rooted in Nature was the perfect addition - simple in Night of Navy ink, with a great message.

I sent this off and it arrived the day before her interview.  She face-timed me, holding her card, and holding back tears.  I think the card was a hit!  (And so was her interview!)

Here's a video from Stampin' UP! with details/suggestions on using these brand new framelits:

Check out these letters; yes, it's a very pricey set, but the possibilities for use and making an everlasting impression are endless!

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