Hi, everyone! I’m sorry for my long absence. My stepdad died suddenly and very unexpectedly, so I have not been able to create or blog. I am trying to make a bunch of projects now and get blog posts scheduled for the next couple of months, as I will be in and out of town helping my mom with things for a while. My live Facebook videos may be sporadic, but I will try to have regular content posting on the blog.
Anyway, on to today’s card. I realized I never finished blogging about my Creative Crew projects. I think this one is my favorite for August. I just love all of the bright colors!
This is my card for the Love a Technique challenge, and I chose the Watercolor Imprints technique. I don’t have a lot of stencils, and the ones I do weren’t very good for this kind of technique, so I chose to make my own stencils using the Swirly Scribbles thinlits dies. I took the big wave scribble die and cut three of them out of a Window Sheet. These acetate sheets are thicker and harder to cut than cardstock, so I used the Precision Base Plate and ran the sandwich through twice to cut each stencil.
I used non-SU watercolor paper (I forgot to order any with my last order!). I swiped on Lemon-Lime Twist at the bottom, then Pool Party, then Tempting Turquoise, then Bermuda Bay. I spritzed with a Stampin’ Spritzer to activate the colors, as instructed in the tutorial. I laid the stencils across the paper, starting with the Pool Party section, and had one stencil over each section. I weighed down the edges of the stencils with clear blocks. My first two or three attempts at this technique didn’t really work out, and I think it’s because I didn’t make sure the wet ink was touching the stencil. So make sure to weigh down your stencil. After the background was mostly dry, I removed the stencils (carefully) and hit the damp spots with the Heat Tool to finish it.
I had decided that the hot air balloons in the Lift Me Up stamp set and Up & Away Thinlits dies would be perfect for this background, as the swirly layers made me think of a windy day, and the month of August makes me think of the Spirit of Boise hot air balloon festival. We loved going to the festival when we lived in Boise, and I think of it every year and want to go back for it.
I used the clouds stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and Embossing Paste to make some clouds in my sky. I smeared the paste on just a few of the clouds, let it dry a little, then sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter on, then set it with the Heat Tool. Hitting the Embossing Paste with the Heat Tool makes it bubble up a little, and I love the extra texture that comes with it.
I embossed the hot air balloon in white on Thick Whisper White cardstock, then very lightly colored it in with Melon Mambo ink and an Aqua Painter, then wiped the excess ink off the embossed parts. I finished the card off with a strip of ribbon and the sentiment.
I stamped a smaller balloon in Melon Mambo on the inside of the card.
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Whew! What a crazy couple of days it has been. I went to bed Wednesday night without finishing my blog posts for my Creative Crew projects, thinking I’d do them first thing in the morning. Well. I woke up sick as a dog, as we like to say around here. So I spent yesterday either sleeping or throwing up and then ended up at the ER since we have no good urgent care around here and I can’t get into my gastroenterologist for 3 weeks. They were nice and gave me morphine.
Anyway, I have two more cards to show you. These are for the Step-It-Up challenge, and they will be included in the Birthday Memories Class-By-Mail that I’ll be offering later this month. So keep a look out for that.
Isn’t this little sweetie adorable? She is from the Birthday Memories designer series paper. I just adore her and pretty much every sheet of paper in that entire pack. It’s my favorite suite in the new catalog. I went with a Very Vanilla card base, because I wanted to use the Bundle of Love paper for my background. Plus, I think having the vanilla in the background makes the white in front pop a little more. I cut the girl and her surrounding cupcakes out of the designer series paper using one of the ovals from the Stitched Shapes framelits.
The girl is wearing a Whisper White and Pacific Point dress, but I decided it was close enough that I could use Dapper Denim for my sentiment frame and my Glitter Enamel Dot. I used the Layering Squares framelits for my sentiment, Very Vanilla for the straight square, and Dapper Denim for the scalloped square. The sentiment is stamped in Real Red from the Tabs for Everything stamp set — this stamp set is going to be perfect with the new Planner Kit (mine has shipped!) and the Circle Tab Punch.
I decided that my sweet girl holding her cupcake needed another little cupcake at her feet. I stamped the cupcake wrapper from the Lift Me Up stamp set in Crumb Cake on VV, then the frosting (also Lift Me Up) in Blushing Bride. Then I sponged Blushing Bride over the frosting to give it a little extra something. I added that Glitter Enamel Dot, and I was done.
For the inside of this card, I added a strip of the Bundle of Love paper, 4″x1/2″.
To step up my card, I first added a frame behind my girl, made with the Lots of Labels framelits and Red Glimmer Paper. Next, I cut Cupcake Girl directly out of the DSP using one of the coordinating dies — YES! The dies cut images directly from the paper! This is my favorite feature of the Birthday Memories Suite. After I cut her out, I popped her up on Dimensionals. The oval around her is also on Dimensionals, so I double-stacked the Dimensionals for the girl. Tip: When using Dimensionals on the glitter side of Glimmer Paper, I take the backing off the Dimensional, then add some liquid glue to the Dimensional so it will stay put. Otherwise, it falls off pretty easily. If you’re ever sticking anything to the top of Glimmer Paper, use either the Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.
I did everything the same for my sentiment, but for the tiny cupcake, this time I embossed both the wrapper and the frosting in gold, then sponged the frosting on with Blushing Bride ink. My final step-up is using more Glitter Enamel Dots.
This time for the inside of the card, I used the same paper, but I cut it 4-1/4″x3/4″.
I’d love to hear which card you like better! I love them both and really can’t decide which one is my favorite.
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One of these days, I’m going to make note of the theme for these blog highlights before I’m sitting down to write my blog post. I sat down with my card to write the post last night, and that’s when I realized that my card of flowers and lace was not going to work for our theme of Travel. Back to the craft room! Yes, it’s a hard life, having to skip this morning’s workout because I stayed up too late making a card. [Please do catch my sarcasm. I can’t think of a better tradeoff.]
Anyway, thanks for coming to my blog today! We are being highlighted internationally by the fabulous Kylie Bertucci, and you can VOTE for my project, if you’re so inclined. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop. In last month’s blog highlight, I did squeak in at number 10, so I will be hopping with Kylie and nine other talented demonstrators in February (THANK YOU for your votes!). I’d love to do it again next time, so please go vote for my card!
Our theme for this highlight is Travel. I decided to use the hot air balloons from the new Lift Me Up bundle. I haven’t gotten to play with these much, so it was nice to have this theme to push me.
Tips for CASEing (copying) this card:
*The Bermuda Bay card base is 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″.
*Both designer series papers are from the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP Stack. This stack is such a good one! It has a vintage circus theme, but I’m finding all sorts of uses for it. The background paper can be swirly clouds, as I’m using it, but you could also call that cupcake icing and use it with cupcakes, or call it cotton candy and use it on a circus-themed card. I sponged the edges of this paper with Bermuda Bay ink — when you sponge the edge the same color as the card base, it really softens that edge. I love this look.
*I cut the sunburst paper with the Stitched Shapes Framelits (BACK IN STOCK!!). I thought that was a fun backdrop for the clouds and balloons.
*The hot air balloons are stamped in Tangerine Tango and Peekaboo Peach and then cut out with the coordinating framelits. The cloud framelits come in the same bundle. I love that they come in multiple sizes! I think there are four different cloud framelits in the bundle.
*To get all of that wonderful sparkle on my balloons and clouds, I just painted them all with the Clear Wink of Stella brush pen. It’s amazing the difference Wink of Stella makes on a card.
*You could pop the sentiment up on a separate label, especially if you can’t get it stamped straight directly on the card base — sometimes the only way I can get a sentiment on straight is to stamp it on a separate piece of cardstock, cut or punch it out, then glue or dimensional it on separately. (Dimensional is a verb in my craft room.)
*I finished off my card with Rhinestones, but Pearls or Enamel Shapes would also look really nice here.
*I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock to the inside (4″ x 5.25″) and a half-inch strip of the swirly cloud paper to pull the whole card together. I also sponged the edges of this piece in Bermuda Bay, again to soften the edge.
Thanks for coming today. I hope you like my card. My full supply list and links to my store are below. Make sure you head over to Kylie’s blog to vote for my card. I would love to be chosen for the next blog hop!
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