July 20, 2021

Rock-a-Bye Baby Favors

 Last week I shared the card I made for the Grammie gathering. You have to know that I HAD to make a favor for guests to take home. Oh, how I love time in my happy place, aka, craft room. My space truly is a paper escape!

I have many retired Stampin' Up! products that I maintain in my craft room because I know I will use them. I also have many retired Stampin' Up! products that I truly need to purge 😏. For this project I used a scalloped oval framelit and scalloped oval punch and my trusty envelope punch board. Are these too cute or what!!

I purchased baby paper from a local store, wrapped 4 Hershey nuggets in the "blanket" and tied them with ribbon. The cradles rock- literally!

If you have retired tools in your stash and want information on how to make these, email me at rnrstamping@gmail.com or leave a message below.

July 13, 2021

No Coordinating DSP? No Problem!

 Yay! Another baby celebration! My neighbor's daughter has struggled for years with infertility and recently gave birth to Finley. Grammie was so excited throughout the pregnancy and kept many of the neighbors updated on the baby (and mommy's) progress.

Finley's birth gave me a reason to plan a gathering of neighbors in the post-COVID world. It's been many months since any of us have gotten together. For a gift, I suggested purchasing a children's book that Grammie can read to Finley. Scrolling through Amazon was agonizing as I viewed titles of the MANY books that are in the library I created when my son was born, so many incredible choices!

When putting thoughts to the card I was going to make, I struggled with not having DSP in pink tones -oh what to do! I put my brain to remembering and came up with the Polished Stone technique. I forgot how beautiful this is!

The background truly looks like polished stone, each piece unique. Haven't tried this technique? Click here for a tutorial and gallery of samples. All you need is glossy paper (the kind you use to print photos), rubbing alcohol, a cotton ball, and ink refills. I used silver metallic, Roccoco Rose, Blushing Bride and Powder Pink Tips: I didn't have a refill for Roccoco Rose, so squeezed some into the lid of my ink pad and picked it up with the cotton ball - it worked!  I found the metallic ink took a bit of time to dry. Either set aside your paper to dry or dry it with your heat tool.

I made another card for a coworker who is having a boy using the same technique. The base card is Balmy Blue; the layer is Misty Moonlight. For the polished stone technique I used Silver, Balmy Blue (3 drops) and one drop of Night of Navy.

I finished the inside to allow enough room for coworker signatures.

You're going to get hooked on this technique. I invision backgrounds for sea images, beaches, masculine, floral and the list goes on. No need to every worry about a lack of coordinating DSP when you have this technique in your arsenol.

July 6, 2021

Happy Birthday Mila

In the past I've featured cards created by my bestie's grandaughter Mila. Miss Mila turned 6 and I wanted to create a fun card in honor of her big day. And what is more fun that than a fun fold?

I've featured this fold in previous posts. You can view them here and here. Although it looks difficult, it's not. Here is a link to a tutorial and gallery of samples.

Go ahead, twist, pop and have some paper fun!