Friday, June 29, 2007

6/29 Get Well Soon

The Limited Supply Challenge over at SCS was to make a Get Well card without using flowers. What a perfect challenge for me as flowers seem to be the first thing I grab no matter what the occasion! However, I did have a couple of Get Well stamps that have been languishing in my drawer ever since I purchased them . . . maybe some three years ago! YIKES! Was it really that long ago?? My, how time flies!

I used the paper piecing technique on this card. I stamped the soup can on silver, red and white papers and then cut the parts out to piece them together on my silver base. I also used this same technique on the tissue box. I used my white gel pen to put some accent dots on the tissue box and to color in the brand name on the can. I also used a gold gel pen and a red marker for more finishing touches on the can. The sentiment from SU's Sincere Salutations set is stamped in Craft White and embossed with white embossing powder.

Supplies: All Supplies are SU with the exception of the Soup Can from Art Gone Wild and the Tissue Box from Inky Antics.

Tip of the Day: POP it with black! I like to use black paper for a little extra WOW in my cards. When you use it as a layer, it will help to really pop the layers above it. When you use it as your main background paper as I did on this card, you will find that any images you put over the top of it will also really pop.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

6/27 Spring Day

I love to do the Sketch Challenge at SCS because most of the thinking is already done - all I have to do is follow the sketch. I love my stamp sets so much that I rarely part with them. The main image in this card is from a Stampin'Up stamp set called Simple Pleasures. It is copyright 1995 . . . so this image has been around for a while! It's a wonderful set to watercolor, which is what I did here.
Supplies: SU Simple Pleasures, SU Simple Sayings II, Creative Impressions Chicken Wire Background. All paper is from SU . . . including the watercolor paper that the main image is stamped on with Black StazOn.
My Tip of the Day: If you want to bring your watercoloring to a new, awesome level of professionalism . . . try using watercolor paper. I really enjoy using SU watercolor paper because of its nice size and wonderful paintability. I admit that I have a lot to learn about watercoloring, but I find that watercolor paper is much more forgiving than Whisper White. I use my Aqua Painter and pick up the ink from the lid of my dye inkpads.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

6/26 Saying Good-Bye to Cool Caribbean

I am NOT a gardener . . . but I do LOVE flowers. Flower stamps are often the first stamps I grab when I am faced with a challenge. Today is a Tuesday . . . Color Challenge day at SCS. The challenge was to use soon to retire Cool Caribbean, soon to retire Marigold Morning and Pretty in Pink. I didn't have Marigold Morning so I substituted Summer Sun.
Ture to form . . . I grabbed some DeNami Flower stamps that have been a tad bit negleted as of late. (At least I don't have to worry about watering them or they would be long passed away!) I inked up the larger daisy stamp with Pretty in Pink and stamped it three times onto some some pink daisy background paper. I cut them out and mounted them with foam tape onto a panel of Confetti White stamped with a DeNami Daisy Background in Cool Caribbean. This is layered onto Summer Sun and wrapped with fiber. To keep the daisies from looking flat and boring, I knotted some yellow bias tape, trimmed it up and popped it on with a mini glue dot. I used a panel of pattered paper behind my main image to tie the daisies into the card. The sentiment is stamped with Cool Caribbean. I love the softness that this card has.
Supplies: Sentiment from SU set Warmest Regards. Daisy stamps from DeNami Designs. All paper from SU with the exception of the background paper . . . not sure where that one is from.
My Tip of the Day: My local thrift store always seems to have an abundance of bias tape. This is often overlooked by crafters because it's not really "ribbon" and it's not really "fiber," but I find it wonderful to work with and I've scooped up a lot of it through the years . . . much of it from my grandma's attic where it sat unused and unopened in its orginal packaging priced at 19 cents. I think it is personable and adds an unexpected punch to your cards.

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6/26 Stamping to Share

I decided to title this blog, "Stamping to Share" because it explains in a nutshell why I enjoy stamping so much. I've put off creating a stamping blog because I wasn't sure if I would have time to maintain it. But now the time seems right . . . especially since I plan to become a Stampin' Up demonstrator in early July. I hope I can learn to be a good blogger and that my stamping creations will inspire others to create and share as well.

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