March 26, 2019

A Cup of Friendship Tea

I read on Facebook this morning that my friend's daughter will be visiting London during her spring break. The past several months I've been hoping to find someone travelling to the UK who would be willing to purchase some Fortnum and Mason tea for me. I've been fortunate in that I've had a steady supply for the past four years and I don't want to run out!

There's no better way to learn how yummy this tea is than to enjoy a cup, so I went to work.

The Garden Impressions DSP made creating this project a breeze. The sentiment is from Incredible Like You. A couple of layering circle framelits popped up on Swirly Scribbles and I was good to go.

I used the Envelope Punch Board to create the envelope for the tea. I hope my friend enjoys the tea along with a quiet moment to herself!

Hope you find your own moment of peace today. Thanks for stopping!

March 19, 2019

Mission DSP

If you are NOT someone with a significant stash of Designer Series Paper (DSP), raise your hand.

Wow, I'm amazed there's one of you out there!! Good for you!

Stampin' Up! creates amazingly beautiful DSP and sometimes it's almost too pretty to cut and sometimes I "just have to have it" and always end up with DSP after it has retired. I was on a mission this weekend to use up a huge stack of It's My Party DSP. I send birthday cards to our 150 employees, so my multiple stacks of cards will all be mailed out within a couple months. Here are some of the cards I made.

I can tell you that I let out a HOORAY when I tossed the last scraps of this DSP. My pack of Neutrals DSP is next on my hit list.

There is a morning meeting for the nurses at work this week. I know there will be a variety of breakfast items for them, but I thought I'd pack them a snack for the road. 

I used my envelope punch board to make these boxes and determined the measurements and punch/score lines using the Crafty Owl Box Buster tool. I entered the dimensions of my treat and it gave me the paper size I needed as well as the measurements for the punches. It's a great tool!

I hope I've given you some inspiration to use some of your favorite DSP!

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March 13, 2019

This Technique is Addicting!!

Welcome to the Pals’ March Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because ”Spring has Sprung” - at least on our blog hop if not outside! Our Design Team created beautiful projects to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

My sister is again hosting for Easter. This year my nephew, his wife and 'the littles' will be joining us. My greats are ages 8, 5 and 3 and I love them to pieces! My sister always outdoes herself with games and a basket hunt, but this year, we'll need to kick it up a notch in order to keep the kiddos entertained. As I've been perusing Pinterest for ideas, I saw lots of posts for coloring eggs, which is where I got my inspiration for today's projects.

When I thought of coloring eggs, I thought of the shaving cream technique which made me think of Kim Jolley. I am a great admirer of Kim's work. She is a true artist with an amazing attention to detail. She has a shaving cream method that is different from the norm. Kim uses an acrylic block, stamps it directly onto the ink pad, 'frosts' the inked block with shaving cream and applies the medium to the paper.

I started with a combination of Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo. I played with Whisper White card stock, Shimmery White card stock and Watercolor Paper.

This sample was done on Shimmery White card stock. The inks I used were Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade and Highland Heather. I used a different block for each color.

For this piece I opted to use Watercolor Paper. The ink combo was Berry Burst, Fresh Fig and Blackberry Bliss.

Each paper reacted a bit differently. I had to be careful with the WW to not apply too many layers of shaving cream or the paper started to break down. The inky shaving cream glided over the Shimmery White. I found the color really soaked in to the Watercolor paper and I had to be persistent in getting additional applications of color to stick to the already wet paper.

It was a fun experiment and a pretty good sized mess! I used Dollar Tree shaving cream, a kitchen spatula to 'frost' and scrape the cream off of the paper and lots of paper toweling.

Ready to see my final projects?

The goal when using the shaving cream technique is to let your final result shine. The sentiment was cropped using the Lily Framelits.

I wanted this paper to shine a bit more so added random spots of gold embossing powder. A bit of gold metallic thread under the sentiment tied it all together.

(Okay, pun intendedđŸ˜‰)

This card base needed 'something', but I didn't want to take away from the beauty of the paper I created. The Doily Builder Thinlits Die came to the rescue and perfectly complements the Dear Doily stamps.

I stamped and cropped two of the floral stems and trimmed one of them to get my double bloom. My shaving cream paper was cropped with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. I used two of the framelits to create a frame of Blackberry Bliss to hold my shaving cream paper.

This paper ended up with such a soft, pretty look. A bouquet from Wishing You Well is the featured image.

How did I attach my bow? Using a 1/8" punch, I punched through the stamped paper and the Melon Mambo layer and threaded by ribbon through the holes. I put all the layers together and tied my bow.

I am warning you that this technique can be a bit addictive! But I encourage you to give it a play.

I'd love to know which project is your favorite. Please leave a comment below.

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 10, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “Families First” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

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March 12, 2019

A Quick Tip for the Lasting Lily Framelits

I was so excited to see framelits for the Lasting Lily stamp set in the SAB Coordination sale. I know I'll use that stamp set for so many occasions. I have to admit, I had a bit of a challenge the first time I used the thinlits. It was a difficult to line up the stem images with the framelit, but I figured it out.

Here's a quick video tutorial on how to get a perfectly cropped image every time. 

Let me know if this helps you when using this amazing stamp and framelit combination.

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March 5, 2019

Lasting Lilies for Grace

I learned today that a very dear friend is going through some diagnostic testing. I want to send her a special message and Lasting Lilies is the perfect set for my purpose.

This card was made easy with the Lily Framelits Dies that coordinate with the free SAB Lasting Lilies stamp set, Doily Builder Thinlits Dies and Tailored Tag punch. I hope it adds a bright spot to Grace's day.

You can recreate this layout with any number of color combinations and sentiments.

Tip: To assure your stamped Lily stems align with the framelit, lay the framelit on a flat surface with the cutting edge down. Fit your stamp into the framelit image and then pick up the stamp with your acrylic block.

Be sure to check out the latest SAB options here.