Monday, July 25, 2016

Watercolor Wings with Sweet Sugarplum

My apologies for not having a post for Sunday (which I make and schedule for midnight Saturday).  On Friday I tripped over my own feet (I'm blaming the new tennies I had on) and landed flat on the ground.  Thankfully it was inside and on carpet, although there was NO padding under the industrial grade carpet.  Ugh!  Knocked the wind right out of me.  Friday wasn't too bad, but on Saturday, I was looking for the driver of the bus that ran over me.  Every muscle hurt and making cards was the last thing I could muster.

Sunday was much better so I was able to create and prepare two of my class in the mail projects for some stampers in Southern Arizona.  Here is one of them for today's post.

Recipe:  Sweet Sugarplum base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Designer Series Paper - 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" (Blooms and Bliss)
Whisper White Mat - 3 3/4" x 2 3/4"
Vellum - 5 5/8" x 2" then punched with the Banner Triple Punch on each end
Bold Butterfly Thinlits - small plain outline and medium detailed 
Duet Banner Punch
Rhinestone Basic Jewels - strip of five

The small butterfly is stamped only with Sweet Sugarplum.  For the solid stamp I inked it up with Sweet Sugarplum and then stamped off once, then the detailed stamp I used it fully inked.  I popped up the matted layer as well as the butterflies and sentiment with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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Thank you for looking in today. ~ Donna

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

3 x 3 July 2016 Thank You

For each of our workshops, I make a 3 x 3 thank you note to go inside each customer's bag.  Here are the ones I made for July.  Can you tell Sweet Sugarplum is one of my favorite colors?

Recipe:  Whisper White 6" x 3", scored and folded at 3"
Basic Black - 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
Sweet Sugarplum 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"
Whisper White - for stamping the jar and the flowers.

I stamped the flowers from Jar of Love in Sweet Sugarplum.  The solid base is stamped off once and then the details are stamped fully inked.

The jar was stamped with Smoky Slate and then lightly stamped with Pool Party solid inside which I stamped off once.  It is very hard to see here, but there's just enough color on the card to make it look like there is water in the jar.

The "thank  you" is from Hostess Set - Gift of Love.  Only those who host a party or spend a minimum of $150 on their own items, can select this stamp set for a special low price using Stampin' Rewards.

The idea was cased from Susan Itell, although her cards were a tad bigger.  My little thank you's are always 3 x 3, so mine looks a bit more crowded.  Thank you Susan for the great idea!

Thank you for looking in today!  Have a great weekend!  ~ Donna

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Sweet Sugarplum Baby Bear Thank You

This little bear and I are going to have to spend more quality time together.  It is so beautiful, when I line it up right, but lining it up right doesn't happen every time.  Don't worry, it's still totally worth it for how beautiful it turns out!  Perhaps if I had better lighting in here it would be easier.  Going to have to work on that.

I learned a tip from Frenchie Stamps on how to stamp this sweet bear with just ONE ink pad color.  Instead of trying to figure out three colors to use, which sometimes can be difficult if you're just not sure, just pick one color.

This one today was made with Soft Suede.

The key to making it work is to first use stamp #3 (each stamp is numbered in the case), ink it up and stamp it onto your paper.

Then stamp #2 - ink it up, stamp off once onto copy paper or scrap paper (our grid paper works great for this!).

Then stamp #1 and stamp off three times.  It's perfect!

The easiest way to line up the bear - when you have proper lighting, is to line up the center "bottom" of the bear and line up with one of the ears.  It just takes some practice.

Stamps - Baby Bear
Sweet Sugarplum - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Whisper White - 5 1/4" x 4
Sweet Sugarplum 5" x 1 7/8" (punch with Banner Punch)
Whisper White 5" x 1 3/4" (punch with Banner Punch)
Playful Palette 5" x 1 5/8" (punch with Banner Punch)

Now, layer your three banners with the length spacing you wish and trim them all up on the top.

Whisper White - 3 1/4" x 3"
Sweet Sugarplum - 3 3/8" x 3 1/8"

Since the three layers of banner can be a little thick, I popped up the Bear and the mat with Stampin' Dimensionals on the sides.

Tie a sweet little bow using the Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon and attach with a glue dot.

Thank you for looking in today.  Happy Friday!  ~ Donna

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