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Saturday, July 16, 2016

More Flourishing Phrases


Inspiration:  I'm loving the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and Flourish thinlits.  Can you tell?  :)

Tips:
  • Once again I wanted to "tame" some busy DSP, so I added a layer of vellum to tone it down a bit.  Elmer's Craft Bond Repositionable Glue Stick works GREAT with vellum.  I put it in areas where you would typically be able to see the glue, but you can't see a thing!
  • I used the Banners framelits to cut out the banner which is a little longer than the the actual framelit.  Be sure your paper is no more than 1 inch wide.  Line the paper up under the framelit. Only run the "tail" end through the Big Shot rollers (run it under and then roll it backwards so the entire framelit doesn't go under the rollers). 
  • The greeting was stamped with Tip Top Taupe ink and is popped up with dimensionals.
Paper Dimensions:
Whisper White Thick Card Stock
     8-1/2x4-1/4 Card Base
Whisper White Card Stock
     4x1 Banner
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
     2-1/4x3-1/4 Leaf
Mossy Meadow Card Stock
     2-1/4x3-1/4 Leaf
Botanical Gardens DSP (Retired)
     3-3/4x5 Large Layer
Botanical Gardens Vellum (Retired)
     3-1/4x4-1/2 Large Layer

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Flourishing Phrase Get Well Card


Inspiration:   I had used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set on another card, but I really wanted to use the beautiful flourish from from the Flourish Thinlits.  This one turned out to be a little trickier than I thought it would be when it was just a thought and not reality. :)

Tips:
  • To make a "mirrored" flourish, I cut two pieces using the large thinlit and cut them approximately in half. You could actually start with a smaller piece of paper and just die cut the top half of the flourish twice.
  • You only need some small Blushing Bride scraps to cut out the flowers.  No need to cut out the entire flourish.
  • The most difficult part of this card was making sure I had the flourishes positioned correctly and then not smearing glue everywhere!  Here's what I learned:
    • Before cutting off the "green" flowers, lay out your flourish pieces on the Whisper White card stock.  Use a pencil to trace around the bottom of each stem. It's going to be covered by the greeting anyway.  
    • Cut off the green flowers trimming close to the top of the stem. Trim off any extra stem from your Blushing Bride flowers.
    • Apply TINY amounts of multipurpose glue to the back of the flourish die cuts.  Let them sit until the glue isn't runny...just tacky.  Carefully line up the bottoms of the flourishes with your pencil marks on the Whisper White and press down.  This is one time you don't want to "adjust" your image once it's on the card.  It makes a mess...trust me!
    • Next, add a tiny amount of glue to the flowers, let them sit and then add them to the card.
    • The scalloped circled is glued to the card front.  The dimensionals are behind the green circle.
One of my stamping friends taught me a phrase to think about when applying glue (she uses it in her SS class)..."dot, dot, not a lot."  Based on this, someone came up with a way to remember to not smoosh your stamps into the firm foam ink pads..."tap, tap, stamp like that."  Words to live by!  LOL

Paper Dimensions:
Crumb Cake Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Blushing Bride Card Stock
     4x5-1/4 Large Layer
     2-1/4x2-1/4 Scalloped Circle
     Scraps for Flowers
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
     (2) 3-1/4x3-1/2 Flourishes (top half only)
     2x2 Circle
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-3/4x5 Embossed Layer
     2x2 Greeting Circle

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Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mixing the Old with the New - Birthday Banners


Inspiration:  I had one sheet of this retired Birthday Bash DSP left from a couple of years ago, and I knew it would work great with the Birthday Banners stamp set.  It's so pretty because some of the confetti is gold foil.  This layout can easily be used with the paper you have on hand.

Tips:
  • You'll need to stamp the candle portion twice to make the candle longer.  It's really pretty easy to line it up.  Plus, the banner covers the seam if you have one.
  • I used a piece of Post-It tape to mask off the "to the" words on the Happy Birthday stamp. Place the Post-It tape over "to the," ink the stamp, remove the tape and stamp. 
  • Curve your stamps to match the shape of the banner.  I laid my clear block on top of the stamped banner and then positioned each stamp on a block.  Even though the words are backwards, they still lined up fine when I turned them over to stamp. 
  • It doesn't show up in the picture, but I used clear Wink of Stella on the flame.
  • The banner is popped up with dimensionals.
Paper Dimensions:
Tangerine Tango Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Bermuda Bay Card Stock
     3x4-3/4 Layer
Tangerine Tango Card Stock
     3-1/2x2 Confetti Stars
Whisper White Card Stock
     2-1/2x4 Main Image
     4x2-1/2 Banner


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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Taming A Bold Color Palette


Inspiration:  A need to get out of my comfort zone!

Tips:
  • Sometimes I find it difficult to work with bold patterned paper like many of the designs in the Playful Palette DSP stack.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with bold colors and patterns; it's all about personal preference.  If you're like me and struggle with them, "tame" them a little by using a softer color or neutral card base.  Also, keep the main image as clean and simple as possible.  The beauty of the Playful Palette DSP stack is that it includes bold patterns and some more simple patterns on the reverse sides.
  • I used my MISTI to line up the easel and the greeting.
  • Lay a piece of copier paper over the left edge of the easel so the tail of the middle stroke doesn't stamp on the actual easel or outside of it.
  • The main image and green layer are attached together and then popped up from the card front with dimensionals.
Paper Dimensions:
Peekaboo Peach Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Emerald Envy Card Stock
     2-1/2x3-1/2 Layer
Very Vanilla Card Stock
     2-3/4x3-3/4 Main Image
Playful Palette DSP Stack
     3-3/4x5 Large Layer

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Keeping It Simple with Flourishing Phrases & A Special Offer


Inspiration:  This layout actually happened by accident.  I had intended to make the main layer 3-3/4x5 inches, but I accidentally cut it 3-1/2x4-3/4 inches.  I had a scrap piece of Sweet Sugarplum that was already 4-3/4x4-1/4 inches, so this is the result.  I thought about adding some die cuts, a rhinestone in the center of the flower, etc., but these stamped images are pretty enough to stand on their own.

Tips:
  • Play a little with the flower image and the leaves on some scrap paper to get a feel for how you want them to look on your final card.
  • The sequins are adhered with glue dots.
  • The Sweet Sugarplum piece is only stamped along the edges to create the borders...not the entire piece.
  • My stamped image looks a little grainy, but that's okay.  It just proves that it's hand stamped and wasn't printed by a machine. :)

Special Offer

Now through July 31, 2016, purchase either the Flourishing Phrases Bundle, Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set or Flourish Thinlits from my online store and receive a thank-you gift from me.  You'll receive pre-cut card stock (including white inserts), envelopes and enough sequins to make 4 cards like the one shown above.  Please note that inks and adhesives are not included, and images are not pre-stamped.

If you'd like to use a different color for the flower, let me know which current Stampin' Up' color you're going to use and I'll trade out the Sweet Sugarplum card stock for that color.

*** Please use Hostess Code DQ93K7B3 ***

Bundle Options (saves you 10% over purchasing the stamp set and thinlits separately):
Thinlits Only:

Also, don't forget that for every $50 you spend (catalog price before tax and shipping), you'll receive a $5 Bonus Days Coupon Code to use in August.  The code(s) will be emailed to you from Stampin' Up!, so be sure to hang on to that email!  Codes can't be recovered or resent.

On to the details of the card....

Paper Dimensions:
Crumb Cake Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock
     4-3/4x4-1/4 Large Layer
Whisper White Card Stock
     4-3/4x3-1/2 Main Image

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Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for stopping by!
Beth

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