Welcome to my blog for Stamp with Amy K’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop for Tuesday, August 13! We have a great lineup for you today. Thanks for stopping by to see what I created. 🙂
With the seasonal change coming soon, this month’s blog hop theme is “fall frenzy.” So I have a thinking of you/just for you sunflower card to share with you today using Stampin’ Up’s “Painted Harvest” and “Rare Blessings” stamp sets.
I decided to use last week’s Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge—Sketch #328—to give me a basic idea of construction. I don’t use sketches often because I usually just design straight from my brain based on what I’m feeling with the products I see in front of me, but I’ve had a busy weekend (okay, month). I’m thankful I can turn to a sketch or a Pinterest pin for less-than-ideal crafting times when I need to come up with something quickly in either design or time. So here is the sketch image I worked from.
And I was also inspired by a card from my teammate Leslie Larkin (leslielarkin.com) that was posted on our team Facebook page last month. After I saw her card, I wanted to make one immediately. I love the black-and-white flower with the color around it (she used Memento Tuxedo Black ink with Lovely Lipstick paper, cardstock, and gems).
So without further paragraphs, let’s get to my card! Although I had to create it in a crunch, I found several ideas vying for realization as I looked through my current DSP and video chatted with a crafty friend. I didn’t have time to make the five cards I wanted to, so I’ve had to back-burner most of them. I did pull out supplies to make a second card following the same sketch, so I’ll make that and post it another day. Here’s the one I put together for today. (Be sure to catch the updated picture at the end!)
What I ended up using was a Terracotta Tile card base, a sheet of striped paper from the “Come Sail Away” DSP pack (Mossy Meadow color), and a sheet of flowered paper from the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP (Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Mint Macaron, Terracotta Tile, and Very Vanilla colors). It is a specialty DSP because half the sheets in the pack have Spot UV gloss on the paper to showcase various designs. In the paper I used, the flowered circles have the gloss on them.
I thought the Mosaic Mood paper would work for the scalloped piece on the sketch because the flowered circles are all in a row and have radiating circles around each flower. I just took my scissors and fussy-cut around the largest circle of each flower in the row, up to where it touches the next circle. It seemed the fastest way to move forward on the card and stop all the overthinking I was doing.
The striped Mossy Meadow paper from “Come Sail Away” pulls out the Garden Green from the “Mosaic Mood” paper and balances everything visually. For some reason, I always think stripes go on the bottom. I suppose that’s one of my “ruts” in card-making. However much I tried to argue with that while designing the card, in the end it was easiest to cave and promise myself that I’d try something new later.
Once I had the stripes glued down and the top portion cut, I tried to find a way to use the beautiful 1/2″ Poppy Parade Textured Weave Ribbon in my “current product accessories” bin. I began using the ribbon the way it comes off the roll but didn’t like how it was the same width as the flowered/scalloped border. I needed something thinner, but I only have so many ribbons and twine options right now. So I put some heavy-duty Tear & Tape Adhesive down on one side of the ribbon and did my best at folding it over in half (it’s kind of tricky, actually). And then I located the 1/8″ Glubers glue line I’d cut in half previously for another card. It comes in 1/4″ strips, but as I’ve mislaid my 1/8″ red-line tape, I made do with the other—twice now. Tear & Tape Adhesive would have worked for that as well, but I already had the other one cut and waiting for me.
The metallic brads are basically just decorative. Since I hadn’t yet adhered the flowered piece to my card base, I could still punch a tiny hole on each side of the ribbon, place the brads through the holes, and fasten them at the back before gluing the paper. I’m considering them to be two of the gem places in the sketch, with the third located on the tag. My brads are miscellaneous from my stash, but Stampin’ Up has a great set of Metallic Brads in the current catalog, so I’ll add them to the list of supplies at the end.
Then came the tedious part of the card—figuring out which colors to use for the two-step photopolymer “Painted Harvest” sunflower. I know I’ve saved some color swatches for this sunflower in Pinterest, but for some reason I thought it would be faster to use the colors I’d narrowed down and stacked on my table rather than search in my Color Combos and Sketches board. Hindsight is 20/20.
I wasn’t entirely sure how the stamping was supposed to go, so I got some scrap paper and started “playing” with the two darker ink colors I’d pulled—Early Espresso and Soft Suede. I did several of both colors as the base. Then I opened the two ink colors in my stash that matched the paper the best—Terracotta Tile and a very old (but perfectly juicy) Ruby Red. I need to get a Poppy Parade ink pad yet. I wasn’t sure which color would work best with both the Poppy Parade ribbon and the Terracotta Tile in the paper.
After too much experimentation, including tone-on-tone and color mixing in the brighter colors, I chose to go with the Early Espresso/Ruby Red combination. The Terracotta Tile is more orange than Poppy Parade, and the Ruby Red has a better balance of an orange and something rosier or pinker when both Terracotta Tile and Poppy Parade are on the same card. The flower spots that have Terracotta Tile in them on the DSP are small enough it doesn’t seem to matter much. I had originally picked a Soft Suede/Terracotta Tile combination, but I didn’t stamp the center quite right on the best piece and royally messed it up when trying to fix it, per my usual. Anyway, that color combination works too.
The center of the finished flower is tone-on-tone Early Espresso. Stamping the center of the sunflower was a little challenging to line up at first, but the more I “practiced,” the better I got at it. So just keep trying while you figure out how it works. After I chose one of the images I’d stamped, I then fussy-cut around the finished sunflower and added pop-up foam dots to the back of it. I’m just now realizing that I probably should have added leaves as well. But I’m calling this card done. Maybe I’ll add leaves before I send it. That’s for another day.
For the “Just for You” tag from the “Rare Blessings” stamp set, I used Early Espresso ink and a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock. The stamp set is one of the new cling sets, so I had to put it together first with the new stickers (that actually stick to the block!). I actually kind of love doing that with the new stamp sets. 🙂 After that was done and I stamped it on the Crumb Cake, I cut down the tag and snipped up the middle at the left with my scissors to make a banner end. Then I took a Really Rust Stampin’ Write Marker (retired) and added some faux stitching in a thin border just inside the edges of the tag. I would have used an Early Espresso marker, but something happened to mine and I no longer have one. The Really Rust is close enough to the Terracotta Tile that it still matches. And, finally, I added a Terracotta Tile gem from the 2019-2020 In-Color Faceted Dots embellishment pack to the tag as one of the gem spots in the sketch.
I’m not sure what is going on the inside yet. The card is going to a friend who recently lost his mother. I need to look for the right sentiment before I send it with a delayed memorial gift. It’s been a busy year here. But at least I’m one step closer in getting the card and gift sent out the door.
UPDATE!: I decided to add some vellum leaves from the Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack around the flower. I fussy-cut them and colored them on the front and back (to make them darker) with my Dark Old Olive Alcohol Blend marker. (I don’t have the Mossy Meadow Blends yet, so I made do.) The sentiment on the inside reads “With Deepest Sympathy” and is from the current Golden Afternoon stamp set. I stamped it in Crumb Cake. I also ran one of the sticker border strips across the bottom of the inside from the Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack. NOW I’m finished with the card. 🙂
That’s all for today. Stay tuned for the next card using “Painted Harvest” and Sketch 328. Thanks again for visiting! Feel free to post questions or comments. Below the list of blog hop participants of my Stampin’ Up team members are the products I used in my card. You can purchase any of them through my online store here—or just click on the picture—and if you use the host code 3W7RXKCU when you check out, I’ll send a free gift your way! Also, if you happen to need a current Annual Catalog or the upcoming Holiday Catalog (which should arrive on my doorstep tomorrow), I’m happy to send you one! Just use the Contact Me link at the top of the main page.
To continue with our blog hop using the arrows, click Previous to view Paula Vincent’s offering or Next to view Karen Ksenzakovic’s card. Or you can click any of the links below to go directly to any demonstrator’s blog.
- Jaimie Babarczy: https://wp.me/p79UhD-32A
- Terry Lynn Bright: https://wp.me/p8fxPh-ak
- Mary Deatherage: https://wp.me/p5snyt-8YX
- Akiko Sudano: https://wp.me/paOv8E-hO
- Shirley Gentry: https://stampinwithshirleyg.com/?p=6855
- Karen Finkle: https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2019/08/stampin-up-accented-blooms-thinking-of.html
- Paula Vincent: https://cockeyedcrafter.com/?p=160
- Connie Troyer: https://wp.me/p8xvI6-E
- Karen Ksenzakovic: https://wp.me/paaNf4-RH
- Amy Koenders: https://wp.me/p2SFwf-gGt
Plus the Golden Afternoon stamp set and Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack!
Hello again to my readers! Thanks for joining me today. I haven’t been able to post much lately—summer being a busy time and all!—but I just got back from celebrating a long July 4th weekend with family and joined Stamp with Amy K’s July 9 blog hop to “celebrate summer.”
Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. I love being outside without a jacket, I physically feel better and am rarely cold (unless I’m indoors with air-conditioning), activities abound, flowers bloom, and my birthday falls during the summer—so how can I not love it? The sun alone just makes me smile. So this card features a stamp set called “Peaceful Place” because one of my favorite things about the summertime is being outdoors with nature, where the breeze blows and the birds sing and I feel happy all over. (And perhaps a little sweaty…which is way better than being cold.)
I was recently asked to make a card for someone who is going through a hard time. Even though I’m celebrating summer, it seems like she is going through more of a “winter” time in life right now. So I was hoping I could create a quiet, peaceful, “run away” kind of feeling in my scene that would help her psyche and help bring her peace and encouragement with a card from her friend.
Stampin’ Up has several kinds of coloring tools available. I began my card by using watercolor paper and stamping the main “Peaceful Place” image on it in the retired Basic Gray archival ink so that I could watercolor with my colored pencils and Aqua Painters. I wanted a lighter “no-line” sort of look, so I used Basic Gray rather than Basic Black. (You can see the complete list of current items I used below the list of blog participants.) The “Peaceful Place” stamp set is available in both Clear-Mount and Wood Mount. I have not used the current Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper in my card today, but I’m looking forward to getting some and testing it out. I’ll let you know how I like it!
After I had stamped out two of the images, I set about coloring them with my watercolor pencils while I ate lunch. 🙂 When I have time, I stamp two images so that I can play with the colors and figure out what I like best. I almost always go with my second try. I have so much to learn about color mixing and shading yet. When I was happy with the color I’d put down, I carefully brushed over each color individually, wiping off my AquaPainter when I was done with one so that I didn’t transfer any ink. Then I set the paper aside to let it dry.
To build the card, I started with a kraft card base from the Magnolia Lane Large Specialty Memories and More Cards and Envelopes pack. I found a large background card I liked out of the Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack (it had a lovely open space for a sentiment in the middle, which I had to unfortunately cover up). Fun fact: the repeated green pattern looks like the stamp from the Verdant Garden Photopolymer set, so these products would coordinate beautifully!
I needed a divider of some sort to finish hiding the sentiment spot in the background paper, and the Seaside Spray gingham pattern from the 2019-2021 In-Color 6×6 DSP pack fit the best. I feel as if it kind of fades away and leads into the background the way a soft vellum would (I tried vellum but the color was all wrong.) Then I adhered my dry watercolored “canvas” on top of the patterned papers.
I love that this stamp can not only be used for “thinking of you” cards like this but also sympathy and masculine and fall subjects. It’s just so versatile!
I wrapped a length of Whisper White 5/8″ Flax Ribbon around the back of where the gingham paper ended and decided to place my own chosen sentiment atop it. I first die-cut a piece of Gray Granite cardstock with one of the dies in the Stitched Labels Framelits Dies and then placed a sticker sentiment reading “Days Like These…” on top. It matched the greens and die-cut tag perfectly in both color and size. The sticker sentiment is also from the Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack. I figured it was applicable, with all this lady has been going through. And it fit with the inside sentiment stamp I’d already discussed with my customer (which is not made by Stampin’ Up).
Running down the sides of the inside paper are two more stickers from the Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack, which set off the inside sentiment just right. I stamped the sentiment stamp in Gray Granite ink as well. Then I colored the heart with my retired Pink Pirouette alcohol Stampin’ Blends marker—the best light heart color I had to work with.
I guess it turned out to be a very simple card after all—simple enough to be on the way to its recipient soon. I hope it makes her smile.
As a reminder, you can see the current products I used below the list of blog participants. Clicking on the links will take you right to my online store if you want to purchase any of them. Thanks for reading about my crafting journey! Be sure to “hop” around and see the other projects my incredible teammates have created to celebrate summer! Click the “previous” button to go back and view Paula Vincent’s blog or click “next” to jump forward and visit Leslie Larkin’s!
- Karen Ksenzakovic: https://wp.me/paaNf4-JK
- Jaimie Babarczy: https://wp.me/p79UhD-2Wn
- Sue Prather: https://wp.me/p5yitZ-1kz
- Paula Vincent: http://cockeyedcrafter.com/2019/07/09/celebrating-summer-sunsets
- Connie Troyer: https://constantlycreatingme.wordpress.com/?p=1513&preview=true
- Leslie Larkin: https://leslielarkin.com/come-sail-away-suite/
- Karen Finkle: https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2019/07/stampin-up-sailing-home-birthday-card_9.html
- Shirley Gentry: https://stampinwithshirleyg.com/?p=6260
- Julie Johnston: https://wp.me/p8SzmQ-2eD
- Mary Deatherage: https://wp.me/p5snyt-8yk
- Akiko Sudano: https://wp.me/paOv8E-dD
- Amy Koenders: https://wp.me/p2SFwf-g8V
These are the products I used to create today’s card.
A quick bridal shower card using the Stampin’ Up products “Wonderful Moments,” “Hand Delivered,” and “Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper.
This fun summertime card uses some retired Stampin’ Up DSP—Tasty Treats and Cupcakes & Carousels—along with an unnamed stamp set featuring puns (I used the sentiment and the small popsicle here), and I even incorporated a large popsicle from an adult coloring book. I colored the small popsicle with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers (Balmy Blue, Light Calypso Coral, and Light BlackBerry Bliss) and I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink for the sentiment and small popsicle. The Decorative Label Punch was used around the sentiment (which I then inked the edges of with a Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker).
Happy Birthday, Magnolia Lane—two quick cards using the Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack from Stampin’ Up.
Hello again! It’s time for another Stamp with Amy K Blog Hop! Our focus is on birthday cards this time. I’ve had some busy, busy weeks here. Hope yours has been quieter. It’s time for another handmade-card delivery to my local gift shop, so I took a few hours last weekend to churn through some cards and prepare them. Stampin’ Up’s gorgeous Magnolia Lane Memories and More Card Pack and the complementing Magnolia Lane Large Specialty Memories and More Cards and Envelope Pack made it very easy to have two cards done in record time.
I was really just looking through the Magnolia Lane card pack to see what there was to work with, and, as often happens to me, I began “seeing” cards in my head as different combinations of pieces flashed in front of my eyes. So even though I had intended to only create one card, I liked the final front combination and the 3×4 card I used on the inside so well that I decided my mom needed a birthday card too, no matter how long I had to wait to give it to her. 🙂
The cards in the Magnolia Lane card pack are just so pretty, and there are quite a few with sentiments on them. The “Happy Birthday” one is elegant and classy in its design and font without being over-the-top. Although I could have die-cut the sentiment out of the card, I liked it just the way it was (which was faster anyway).
After choosing a large striped “Project Life”-style card for the background and two flowery smaller background ones to match the “Happy Birthday” card, I then adhered the leafy envelope liner into the kraft envelope and creased the flap. Then I glued the background card I’d chosen onto one of the kraft card bases from the Large Cards and Envelope pack.
I played around with the placement of the Petal Pink 5/8″ Striped Organdy ribbon on the coordinating 3×4 “background” card, decided where I wanted it, and put adhesive on the back before wrapping the length there tightly, since the ribbon would show the adhesive through it. Then I just staggered the two smaller cards on top of the larger striped card and glued them.
I accented the top and bottom of the ribbon with the Frosted Flower Embellishments and then added gold Metallic Pearls in the little divots of the flowers. And then the corners of the sentiment piece looked just a bit bare to me, so I added the pearls there too. 😁
On the inside, I used the “You Are Loved” 3×4 card, some white paper for a message, and a few of the stickers from the sticker sheets included in the Memories and More pack. Easy-peasy!
Thanks for stopping by to see my creations. These are great products not only for scrapbooking but for cardmaking too. With everything matching, creating is a breeze! To see what the rest of my teammates have made this month, you can follow the list or “Previous” and “Next” buttons to “hop” from one blog to the next.
- Jaimie Babarczy: https://wp.me/p79UhD-2SZ
- Karen Finkle: https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2019/06/stampin-up-heartland-birthday-card-for.html
- Karen Ksenzakovic: https://wp.me/paaNf4-Gn
- Shirley Gentry: https://stampinwithshirleyg.com/?p=5794
- Connie Troyer: You are here!
- Mary Deatherage: https://wp.me/p5snyt-8nX
- Sue Prather: https://wp.me/p5yitZ-1hJ
- Akiko Sudano: https://stampininthemeadows.com/?p=593
- Amy Koenders: https://wp.me/p2SFwf-fPE
If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator yet and want to order or receive a catalog, please feel free to contact me for help. If you want to order, use code DWFPUKPH and I’ll happily send my thanks and a free gift! Make it a great week!