Paint Your Own…Tardis?

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I visited a sought-after “paint your own pottery” place back home yesterday to celebrate a special birthday. Being a Doctor Who fan, I chose a Tardis! It was a bit disconcerting to paint it purple (supposedly a specialty glaze that will turn a beautiful Tardis blue once fired). I’m hoping my painstaking letters don’t flow somewhere else! 🤞🤪🤷‍♀️#hotpotspottery #allianceohio #tardisblue #tookmeforever #specialtyglazes #doctorwhofan #myocdkickedin #birthdaycelebrations #funtimeanyway

“Celebrate Summer” with Peaceful Place for Stamp with Amy K’s Blog Hop

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!

Verdant Garden Photopolymer Stamp Set

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!

  1. Karen Ksenzakovic: https://wp.me/paaNf4-JK
  2. Jaimie Babarczy: https://wp.me/p79UhD-2Wn
  3. Sue Prather: https://wp.me/p5yitZ-1kz
  4. Paula Vincent: http://cockeyedcrafter.com/2019/07/09/celebrating-summer-sunsets
  5. Connie Troyer: https://constantlycreatingme.wordpress.com/?p=1513&preview=true
  6. Leslie Larkin: https://leslielarkin.com/come-sail-away-suite/
  7. Karen Finkle: https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2019/07/stampin-up-sailing-home-birthday-card_9.html
  8. Shirley Gentry: https://stampinwithshirleyg.com/?p=6260
  9. Julie Johnston: https://wp.me/p8SzmQ-2eD
  10. Mary Deatherage: https://wp.me/p5snyt-8yk
  11. Akiko Sudano: https://wp.me/paOv8E-dD
  12. Amy Koenders: https://wp.me/p2SFwf-g8V

These are the products I used to create today’s card.
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“For the Bride” Card—Custom Order

A quick bridal shower card using the Stampin’ Up products “Wonderful Moments,” “Hand Delivered,” and “Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper.

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I put this together quickly this afternoon after a worker at my local gift shop told me she needed to find a bridal shower card by the weekend. This is the shop that sells my cards; I was on the campus and stopped in prior to my afternoon delivery of the latest batch. It was just a chance meeting with the worker, but she’s bought my cards before and was looking for another. So I went home and made her one. 🙂 I used the retired Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper for the balloons; the girl and balloon image is from the retired “Hand Delivered” stamp set. (Some of the balloon paper is vellum!) And then I used a stamp from the current “Wonderful Moments” set for the sentiment. I haven’t used these products enough yet! I stamped out more balloons to put into cards later. The base of this card is from the current Scalloped Notecards pack. If you’d like to order either the stamp set or the Scalloped Notecards pack, you can shop at my personal Stampin’ Up link here: https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/default.aspx—and I’m happy to take custom orders for cards for you as well! Just use the “Contact Me” form. 🙂 Thanks for stopping in and reading!
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You’re So Cool Card

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).

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Happy Birthday, Magnolia Lane

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.

My first card, shown in the clear jacket it will be sold with.

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.

My second card.

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!

The inside of both cards (this one is shown inside a protective jacket).

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.

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  1. Jaimie Babarczy: https://wp.me/p79UhD-2SZ
  2. Karen Finkle: https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2019/06/stampin-up-heartland-birthday-card-for.html
  3. Karen Ksenzakovic: https://wp.me/paaNf4-Gn
  4. Shirley Gentry: https://stampinwithshirleyg.com/?p=5794
  5. Connie Troyer: You are here!
  6. Mary Deatherage: https://wp.me/p5snyt-8nX
  7. Sue Prather: https://wp.me/p5yitZ-1hJ
  8. Akiko Sudano: https://stampininthemeadows.com/?p=593
  9. 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!

Connie

Quick Kit Card—Happy Birthday with Chipboard

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So what’s the first thing I do after a week of hard mental labor with *zero* time in the craft room, before I even go to bed? Make a card, of course! Thanks to Deb for the kit pieces – I just rearranged them in a pleasing arrangement. 🙂 And there’s another waiting yet. But bedtime first. #cardmakersofinstagram #easypeasy #randombits #thelittlewhatnotshop #constantlycreating

“A Good Man” Stamp Set with Seaside Spray In-Color for Stamp with Amy K’s Tuesday Blog Hop

A masculine card for use during Father’s Day (or any day!) for Stamp with Amy K’s Tuesday blog hop.

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Hello again and welcome back to my blog—or thanks for stopping by if you’re a new visitor! The theme for Stamp with Amy K’s current Tuesday blog hop is “masculine,” so I decided to create two “Father’s Day” type of cards that can be used at any time for the guys in our lives. Since they are going to my local gift shop for sale, I needed to create something that didn’t explicitly say “Happy Father’s Day” (best for a longer shelf life!).

I’ve used all current or upcoming products that are available on June 4, when Stampin’ Up customers can order from the new catalog. I was able to preorder some things because of my demonstrator status. So I’m using stamps from the new cling set “A Good Man” and one of our brand-new In-Colors, Seaside Spray (only available for purchase June 4, 2019 through May/June of 2021).

Seaside Spray is a gorgeous color that reminds me of a smoky blue. It’s one of the shades in my valances, actually, so I have a feeling I’ll be using this color for years to come even after it retires. 🙂 And “A Good Man” is one of those casual, contemporary sets that have a sketched look to the images, with some slight distressing on the sentiments.

I began each A2 card with a Seaside Spray card base, taking an 8.5×11 piece of cardstock and cutting it in half. I wanted to use two of the colorable images in the stamp set, one on each card, and quickly figured out which rectangles my chosen images would fit inside in my new Stitched Rectangles die set.

I stamped each colorable image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and die-cut the first rectangles. Then I colored them with some of our Alcohol Blends: Dark Mango Melody, Dark Old Olive, Dark Smoky Slate, Dark and Light Basic Black, Ivory, Bronze, Dark and Light Shaded Spruce, Dark and Light Balmy Blue, and Dark and Light Real Red. (I need to get a dark blue yet, so I had to color all pants in various shades of black and gray.)

Seaside Spray isn’t one of the colors I own in the Blends yet either, so I used Light Balmy Blue for the sky and border, hoping it would look all right. Turns out it does sometimes…but not if there’s a lot of concentration. I filled in the background of one of the images but left the other white. I wasn’t sure which way to go. Tell me which one you like best. 🙂

Next I die-cut other various-sized rectangles from the Come Sail Away and Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper packs and and staggered them with the images and sentiment block.

I also carefully edged around the border of one of the die-cut, colored images with my Balmy Blue Blend. I wanted to do something in the corners the way I would dye ink, but I didn’t trust myself enough to try it with the Blend. I’ve had to redo enough this evening. I’m actually pretty pleased with how the edging turned out. It was easy and looks clean and simple. I liked it so well that I did it on the second card too, with a Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker (but it was much easier to accomplish with the Blend, at least tonight!).

After I placed the sentiment block and glued the rectangles for the first card, I added three Heart Epoxy Droplets to two corners to finish the card.

And here is where I have to confess something. Two things, really. I lost a stamp before I finished my cards or this blog post. Specifically, I lost the main sentiment for the front of the cards. I have torn this room apart, searching through my trash can, cleaning off my desk and the cart next to me, checking my clothes…. It still hasn’t turned up. (Please tell me I’m not the only one this has happened to!) I can attest that the new cling stickers are really sticky, because I had the stamp rubber-side down in the case with the sticker facing up so I could quickly grab it and stamp it after I was done with the inside pieces. I’m certain it’s stuck to *something*. 🤦‍♀️ So... Sigh. I handwrote the same sentiment in a similar kind of font and lightly stuck it to the card—for this blog’s purposes only—where the real sentiment will be stamped in Night of Navy ink on Seaside Spray cardstock. When I find it. Humor me, please. (If I can’t find the stamp eventually, I may just have to repurchase this set because that pair of sentiments is essential!)

This card has now also convinced me that I need to get the Subtle 3D embossing folder. The background still needs something. I thought of stamping too late, after I adhered the rectangles. I’ll pretend I’m going for “clean and simple.”

The first card.
Another angle, showing the hearts a little better.

And now for my second confession. My roll of Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine has gone AWOL as well. (I’m betting the cat did it. She’s been known to do so.) So I’m using most of the piece of twine that I snitched at OnStage for my Come Sail Away card I finished later at home. I also cut card #2’s heavy-striped piece of Night of Navy/Whisper White DSP the wrong size…and that was after I spilled ginger ale on four newly opened papers and cut out the wet sections. 🙄🤦‍♀️ Trust me, if I can make cards I’m proud of with all this chaos, anybody can!

So this is what I refigured for the second card, after some challenges (like the fact that I had to use the Color Lifter too, even before I cut the striped piece incorrectly). I used Linen Thread at the bottom of this one. I felt I needed to separate the Balmy Blue Blends background from the Seaside Spray cardstock because, for me, the color difference was too much to have them next to each other. My first thought was to have the striped paper cover the entire card front, but obviously that went awry. I decided that the mistake wasn’t so terrible as to have to redo that too (and I sort of hated to cover up all that beautiful new In-Color anyway), so I just went with it. I hate wasting paper. (My apologies again for the handwritten sentiment. It will look so much better with the real one….)

The gift shop card.

The insides of both cards are identical, and they went so much smoother than the rest. I was even watching a TV show while I stamped. (That does it—I should always watch TV while crafting. But not in the dim light, because I think that’s when I lost my stamp.)

So that’s it for me tonight. It’s time for bed. Thanks again for stopping by my blog! So sorry about all the mishaps. Some nights just go like that.

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If you want to continue the hop to see what the rest of my fabulous team members made, click the Next button to see what our fearless leader, Amy Koenders, has made, and if you’d like to go backward instead, click the Previous button to visit Sue Prather’s blog.

  1. Karen Ksenzakovic – https://wp.me/paaNf4-Bn
  2. Terry Lynn Bright – https://wp.me/p8fxPh-80
  3. Jaimie Babarczy – https://wp.me/p79UhD-2Pa
  4. Mary Deatherage – https://wp.me/p5snyt-88U
  5. Karen Finkle – https://karenscardkorner.blogspot.com/2019/05/stampin-up-wood-textures-dsp-for-amys.html
  6. Akiko Sudano – https://stampininthemeadows.com/?p=462
  7. Shirley Gentry – https://stampinwithshirleyg.com/?p=5240
  8. Sue Prather – https://stampwithsueprather.com/?p=4744
  9. Connie Troyer – https://wp.me/p8xvI6-nm
  10. Amy Koenders – https://wp.me/p2SFwf-frW