Hello and happy Wednesday readers! I have the most beautiful paper to share with you in today's trio of cards inspired by the sketch at The Paper Players. This amazing paper is actually handpainted.. I came across three small scrap pieces while I was sorting through Robin's Room and I was actually mesmerized holding such delicateness. Honestly, these photos don't really do the cards, or the paper justice. You have to touch and feel this paper for yourself to grasp what handpainted paper is really like. I wish I could tell you where this paper came from, but unfortunately I don't know the history behind it.
To make these cards, all I did was mount each piece of paper onto a coordinating cardstock (Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum and Calypso Coral) then heat embossed a simple sentiment. I did add some clear Wink of Stella to the flowers to give them a little bit of sparkle. Very simple, but oh so pretty.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
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Hello my friends and happy Monday morning to you! I'm sorry that I have been a bit absent over the last few days/weeks, but things have been crazy busy in my life and I'm now finally starting to slow things down with my long overdue summer vacation beginning in two days. Oh, I cannot wait! What do I have planned you ask? Not one single thing, but tons of R&R! Sounds like heaven, right? Oh, but the best part is, I'll be doing it all at our lake house in Maine. I've got a stack of magazines waiting to be read, Netflix shows to catch up on, cards to make and a fabulous new pillow begging to be slept on! I never thought I'd be saying this, but bring on the rain! If it rains, I'll be forced to stay inside and accomplish all the things on my vacation relaxation list!
Today I'm going to be sharing a lot of photos from our fun girls crafting road trip this past weekend! My two BSF's (Best Stamping Friends) Donna (from Papyrus Amuse) and Laurie, along with Laurie's daughter Charlotte (a.k.a "Mini Super Stamp Girl) visited 3 stamp stores and 3 states in the last 2 days! It has been a whirlwind 48 hours of stamp shopping, never ending traffic, intense heat, lots of walking, more stamp shopping, more traffic (ask me about the endless u-turns one day after I finish therapy), Starbucks visits, and, oh, did I mention the traffic? Really, it was baaaaaaaaad!
Our first stop on Saturday morning was The Great American Stamp Store in Westport, CT. Out of all three stores we visited this weekend, we found this store the largest and really offered the most products.
After The Great American Stamp Store, we continued (the VERY l-o-n-g trip in traffic) to Long Island, NY, to Scrap-a-Latte and the Stamp, Ink, Paper Store where my friend Justin Krieger works. Check out Justin's blog here. It's always really neat to meet some of the bloggers that I follow regularly in person and Justin is one of those people. He is also so fun and energetic and genuinely happy to meet some of his followers. Justin and Renee (the owner of Scrap-a-Latte) both spent a lot of time engaging with us and chatting. We also love Justin even more now because he gave us a discount of 20% off of anything from Lawn Fawn for the day!! And, we bought a LOT! Thanks, Justin!
After we drove in endless circles and never ending u-turns around the vortex that is Long Island in attempt to see Jones Beach and Fire Island, we finally made it into Manhattan to our hotel in the East Village.
*Note to self NEVER go to Long Island in the summer. Actually, NEVER go to Long Island. Period.
You will never return.
Even though it was getting late (and we had a 7-year old with us) we ventured out for dessert at Spot Dessert Bar. AH-mazing yummy Asian fusion goodness! A must-do if you are ever near Bowery and East 2nd Street.
After some NYC sleep (which means none), we awoke on Sunday morning and headed out to see the
High Line (as recommended by Justin). This is another must-do if you are ever on the lower west side of Manhattan. The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. It's truly a unique garden work of art with some amazing views of the iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.
Justin had also suggested that we check out Chelsea Market which was essentially located below the High Line, and considering it was indoors and we had walked over 6 miles already in 93 degree heat, we were more than happy for a reprieve! Chelsea Market has become in just fifteen years one of the greatest indoor food halls of the world, with more than thirty-five vendors purveying everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee, cheese to cheesecake. Attracting 6 million national and international visitors annually, it is one of the most trafficked, and written-about, destinations of any kind in New York City. If you are a foodie of any kind, you can eat your way from Fatwich Bakery to the Donuttery.
Our last stop in NYC on Sunday was The Ink Pad on 7th Avenue. There is so much fun jam-packed into this little shop, you have to look high and low to see it all! I can only imagine real estate in NY is at a huge premium. You've got to make great use of the space you have.
It was a wonderful weekend crafting road trip with the best of company! Despite the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad traffic, I came home feeling SO inspired. Thank you Justin and Renee (at Scrap-a-Latte), Anna (at The Ink Pad) and my dear friends Donna, Laurie and Charlotte for this very memorable trip!
*This post brought to you by Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Member Marisa Gunn.
Have you seen the new Touches of Texture Stamp Set (item 143251)? It’s filled with several beautiful line art stamps as well as different filler and texture stamps. I thought it would be fun to use a watercolor stamping technique and some simple layering to make a set of note cards and a coordinating gift bag to share with you today.
I started with the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (item 131527). I stamped the splatter texture stamp in Crushed Curry ink (item 131173). Then I added the striped tape from the Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape (Item 141635). I also added a piece of Crushed Curry Cardstock (item 131199) that I cut with the washi tape die shape from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (item 137547) and adhered it above the tape. Next, I added a few wrapped rounds of the Basic Black Metallic Thread (item 141695).
For the watercolor stamping technique, follow the pictured steps below.
All of the greetings from the cards are images from the Love & Affection Stamp Set (item 141545) stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink (item 132708). I used Flirty Flamingo ink (item 141397) for the linen texture stamp, Flirty Flamingo Cardstock (item 141416) for the die cut, and the floral tape from the Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape. The ink colors I used here to stamp on the watercolor piece were Flirty Flamingo ink and Cucumber Crush ink (item 138324).
Well, I hope you enjoyed these samples and that you give the “watercolor stamping” technique a try. It’s perfect to add texture, color, and interest to your next stamping project!
Artisan Design Team 2015–2016
*Today's post is brought to you by Stampin' Up Artisan Team Member Jessica Williams
Gel Pocket Cards and More
When I first laid eyes on the Jar of Love Stamp Set (item 141587), I knew there was a certain type of card I just had to make. I was just itching to get out the hair gel and some Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill and make a gel pocket card. You may have seen this technique before.
I found that the 2"x 8" Cellophane Bags (item 141703) are the perfect size to use with the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies (item 141490). The width of the bag is just a little bigger than the jar opening, making it easy to create the gel pocket. Simply mix a spoonful of hair gel with whatever Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill color you’d like. I used Island Indigo and found that just one drop went a long way. Drop about a teaspoon-worth of colored gel into the cellophane bag and seal well with Tear & Tape Adhesive (item 138995).
Next, stamp your jar on cardstock and use the “inside jar” Framelit to cut out the center. Decorate the rest of the card as you wish and then adhere the gel pocket to the back of the cardstock. Adhere the card front to your card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430) and you’re finished! I used this method to create the “Best fishes” card below.
The flower card was created in a similar way but involved adhering the gel pocket only to the jar frame (which was a little trickier).
Creating these cards had me thinking about different things to do with the stamps and Framelits. My next idea was very similar to the gel pocket but instead of using hair gel, I used jam (that might be jelly to you). Yep, I took a spoonful of raspberry jam and popped it into my cello bag. I sealed it up well and created a card with it using the steps above. I did add an extra acetate Window Sheet (item 142314) which I added quilting to using my Bone Folder (item 102300). I couldn’t help but use another pun sentiment to finish it off.
By the time I had made this card, I was well and truly thinking about other pantry items to use (as well as other puns). I have quite a few dry goods stored in preserving jars and the first of those to be made into a card was crushed nuts. Instead of making a gel card, I switched over to shaker cards.
To make my nutty shaker card, I stamped and cut out a jar, then cut out the inside. You can cut out the center of the two smaller jars by being a little tricky with your Big Shot (item 143263) and positioning your cutting pads only where you want to cut. By doing the top of the jar first and then the bottom (or vice versa), you can cut a hole smaller than the Framelit itself.
Once you have your jar frame, cut two additional jars from the Window Sheet. Adhere one of the Window Sheet jars to the back of your cardstock frame. Then, using Foam Adhesive Strips (item 141825), create a wall around the edge of the frame. Add the crushed nuts, remove the adhesive strip backing, and adhere the second Window Sheet jar. You should now have a cute little jar shaker. Create your desired card design and adhere the shaker.
Aren’t they fun? I bet you can think of some more fun ingredients and puns to create shaker cards with!
My final project to show is another shaker jar, but this time I created a tag instead of a card. I think the Jar of Love Stamp Set and coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits Dies are perfect for creating tags for all those gifts we like to give in preserving jars, especially during the holiday season. To create your tag, simply follow the steps for the shaker card above. For my wintery Christmas tag, I stamped and fussy cut an evergreen from the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set (item 127793) and glued that to my second Window Sheet jar before adhering. The snow is Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (item 133751).
I hope you’ve been inspired to use your Jar of Love Stamp Set in fun and unique ways. I truly think the possibilities are endless with this set—as endless as the inspiration you’ll find by searching for preserving jar ideas on Pinterest!
Artisan Design Team 2015–2016
August Paper Pumpkin: Bold Botanicals
We couldn’t wait for our subscribers to see this kit! We were so excited that we decided to reveal part of it at the beginning of the month. We don’t always do sneak peeks because we don’t want to spoil the surprise, but it’s fun to do a little teaser sometimes.
We let our Facebook fans decide what part of the kit to reveal—and their response was clear—the stamp set! What a great choice because this stamp set is simply amazing! It features innovative designs for beautiful backgrounds and fun phrases for a variety of occasions.
The rest of the kit is quite remarkable too! It’s full of embellishments like woodcut leaves and flowers, twine, burlap trim, mini clothespins, die-cut cardstock pieces, and watercolored backgrounds.
You’re going to love using this stamp set over and over again. The bold floral background can be used in so many ways. Simply stamp and rotate it to create a gorgeous background and a simply elegant design. The style lends itself well to water coloring as featured on this card.
2018-2020 In Colors
4th Of July
Affectionately Yours DSP
A Muse Studio
Apron Of Love
At Home With You
Black Magic Technique
Blogging Friends Blog Hop
Concord & 9th
Creative Vision Stamps
Distress Oxide Inks
Fun Stamper's Journey
Get Well Soon
Gina Marie Designs
Graceful Glass Suite
Hearts Come Home
Helping Me Grow
It's My Party DSP
Jar Of Love
Just Buzzing By
Large Letter Framelit Dies
Large Number Framelit Dies
Life's Memories & More
Lift Me Up
Local King Rubber Stamp
Love What You Do
Magic Slider Card
Merry Music DSP
My Favorite Things
Nature's Poem DSP
Neat & Tangled
One Wild Ride
Our Daily Bread Designs
Petal Garden DSP
Rooted In Nature
Sale A Bration 2018
Sea Of Textures
Share What You Love
Something For Baby
Star Of Light
St. Patrick's Day
Sunny Studio Stamps
Sweet Soiree DSP
The Inspiration Station
The Ton Stamps
Thinking Of You
Touches Of Texture
True Gentleman DSP