Prepping for Fairs

pigscanflyI LOVE this stamp set!  I don’t know why.  I am not a HUGE pig fan.  But, I just love it!  As I have started to prepare for not only upcoming craft fairs but a Women’s Expo here in a week or so, I just needed this set to be a part of it.  This is a refillable notepad cover (I have the instructions on my blog here:  https://stampwithaltitude.com/2017/02/03/throwback-thursday/).  Anyway, This Little Piggy is a great set.  I will post more of these soon.

I used blender pens to water color in Soft Sky, Powder Pink, Smoky Slate and Blushing Bride.  The notepad cover is Melon Mambo with a Basic Black mat.  I stamped the pig and sentiments in Basic Black Archival.  What do you think of this one?

By your side…

CCREW817INSPHere is my inspiration card.  We were given images to look at and asked to make a card based on those images.  I chose the beach scene as I was reminded of a vacation I took to Maine a couple of years ago.  I knew exactly what stamp set I was going to use.  High Tide.  This is an amazing set that will allow you to create a multitude of different beach scenes.  The image below (not sure why it’s so small) is one of the “grids” we were given.  Anyway, if you don’t have this stamp set yet, GET IT!!  It’s fantastic!!

final-product-mood-board-3-638So, what I did to create this card (and what’s really hard to see) is the Pool Party sky I watercolored onto water color paper.  I then stamped the “water” image, the sand, the sea grass, the birds and finally the sentiment.  On a different sheet of whisper white paper, I stamped the light house images.  I stamped off on the full image (Cherry Cobbler ink), then full on with the outline stamp.  I think this came out great!

Some of the products I used are:  Pool Party Ink and paper, Crumb Cake Ink and paper, Soft Suede Ink, Old Olive Ink, Basic Gray Archival Ink.  I used an aqua painter, Watercolor paper, Whisper White card stock, Stitched Shapes Framelits, the Stampin’ Up! stapler and the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.

Bee Kind to a Friend

CCREW717INSPHere is my inspiration card for this month’s challenge.  In the image below, we were asked to use the photo for inspiration.  I found another really neat color combo that I wanted to use and decided to use the bees that are in the photo.  The color combo here is Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Crushed Curry.  I used the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp set and the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits to make this card.  Watercolor paper was used as was an aquapainter to color the watercolor paper in Marina Mist.

summerWhile I got this card layout from my upline, I did change it a bit.  The DSP used here is Naturally Eclectic as I thought the pattern went nicely with the dots stamp in the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.  I also really liked the pop of color from the Glitter Enamel Dots.  I used a tiny piece of doily and a thread from the burlap ribbon just for fun accents on the card.  I really hope you like it!!  I am thinking about sending this card to a friend… but who?  Do you want it?? Comment below!  I will pick one person randomly!

Embossing Paste Colorized

CCREW717CLRSo, yesterday, I blogged about using embossing paste and the lighting in the photo was a bit wonky.  You couldn’t really see the beautiful texture on the white on white background. WELL!  Here’s a card for you!  This card was for the Color Challenge for the Creative Crew on Splitcoaststampers.  As you can see below, the color challenge was Real Red, Island Indigo and Very Vanilla.  ccrewsketch-002I took literally 2 drops of real red ink and mixed with Stampin’ Up!’s Embossing Paste and smeared it all over the brick texture from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  I also did something that I have never done before.  I watercolored a doily! My upline has done it NUMEROUS times and I kept thinking… when will I ever use it?  UGH!  I love it!!  I used the You are So Sweet Clear-Mounted stamp set and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit to cut out the sentiment.  I fussy-cut the border.  So what do I love about this card?  Well, besides everything?  It’s a mix of urban and elegant… It’s ele-ban-t (there you have it folks, I created a new word!)

Technique Tuesday?

dragonflyGiven a challenge of making a one-layer card, I tried a new technique called Die Cut Masking.  This isn’t exactly how this technique was to be used but I wanted to change things up a bit.  I took painters tape and lined by Big Shot cutting pad with it.  I then put the die cut on top of the tape and ran it through.  Carefully, I peeled the tape outline off the cutting pad and stuck it to watercolor paper. I pressed firmly to made sure it adhered…  I then went to town on the watercolor paper.  I heat set the paper and then removed the tape.

Now, I could have clear embossed this and watercolored.  I would have gotten the same effect, essentially.  However, notice the “Thanks for the smile and everything else”. It’s stamped on TOP of the dragon fly – you can’t do that with clear embossing.  I am going to do this technique again…. doing it the way it was meant to be done…. I will show you it again, tomorrow.

The colors of ink that I used were Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Elegant Eggplant.  The paper is Marina Mist and Watercolor Paper.  Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits were used to cut the painters tape.  I also used the Sale-A-Bration ribbon as an embellishment along with White Perfect Accents.  If you need supplies, please visit my website: mamaschroeg.stampinup.net

Sneak Peek & Christmas Card

chicknxmasSo, this isn’t really a Christmas card…. well, yeah it kind of is… Ok.  So my guy’s son is fondly known as the “Chicken Whisperer” because of his love of chickens.  Here’s the back story:  My neighbor next door had chickens and once in a while the chickens would come over to my house and hang out.  The “Chicken Whisperer” would pick up the chickens, pet them, talk to them, give them water, and such.  So, this Christmas card was made just for him.  I think he will get a kick out of it.

This card uses a NEW Sale-a-bration set called, “Hey, Chick.”  It’s super cute!  I used a lot of the Candy Cane Lane items, the DSP, the ribbon and the color scheme in order to make this more of a Christmas card.  Sometimes, a Christmas card doesn’t have to be a Christmas card.  In the case of the Chicken Whisperer, I think this one will work!  hehehe.  I used the new watercolor pencils to color the images and background (might be hard to see but there is a green “grass” and a blue sky)

Making Christmas Cards

merriestwishesSometimes, I have to force myself to stamp.  I am working on some projects and looking at the future.  However, I do not have very many Christmas cards.  I am not sure where or if I had them.  Anyway, my box is low!

It’s a rare occasion (pun intended as the new Occasion Catalog is coming out soon) when I create a card that I don’t keep adding to.  Usually, I will say, “it’s missing something…” then throw on another layer, throw on more embellishments, or what have you.  This time, I stamped the image; colored it with ink and a blender pen, put on one layer sat back and said… yup, that’s done.  I actually forced myself to add the ribbon.  Could I add more to this card?  Yes.  Does it need it?  I don’t think so!

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