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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Country Home Color Challenge

 
Time for another color combo challenge entry.  Each month we're given a set of colors and challenged to create a project with a given set of colors.  This month's colors are Pineapple Punch, Highland Heather and Sahara Sand.  The colors are quite different from each other, yet all seemed somewhat muted and neutral. I chose to use the Country Home stamp set to showcase a pitcher full of foliage.

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Country Home stamp set and Sprig Punch


Along with some really beautiful floral images, the Country Home Stamp Set also has a very interesting geometric shape. I used this shape to stamp the purple strip on the left side of the card.

The only possible way to get perfect alignment of a geometric image like this is to use a hinged stamp positioner with multiple hinge positions. While there are many different manufacturers of stamp positioning tools, to get this kind of perfect placement you really need the option for multiple hinge positions. Stampin'UP!'s Stamparatus has the option to shift hinge positions of the stamping plate.

The ability to reposition the hinge setting of the stamp positioning tool is essential for perfect alignment of a row of images

The focus of this project was to showcase the color combination. So rather than stamp the floral sprays from the stamp set, I chose instead to punch some floral springs from the Pineapple Punch and Highland Heather cardstock and to fussy cut the pitcher from the Sahara Sand.  

Sprig Punch by Stampin'UP!

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Country Home stamp set and Sprig

As you cycle through the blog hop you're sure to see a wide variety of projects using this color combination. Next up on your tour is BirgitHeßdörfer

 https://www.kreativstempel.com/2019/11/13/blog-hop-color-combo-november-2019/


Here is a full list of the hop participants.
  1. Sue McDonald (UK) 
  2. Caroline Peck  (USA)  
  3. Tanja Klingler-Selinger (AT)  
  4. Tricia Butts (US)  
  5. Angélique Nederpel  (NL)  
  6. Katie Johnson (US)
  7. Birgit Heßdörfer 
  8. Sue Allen - Australia 
  9. Rebecca-Jo Unwin- Australia 
If you're reading this far you must have come full circle in the hop.  As a final comment I'll just add that if you don't already have a Stamparatus, you need one for sure.  There are so many things you can do with this tool. Check out this video using the Stamparatus to do wreath stamping  and  this video showing how to do reflection stamping.

 


You can order the Stamparatus and all the tools used for this project from my on-line store. Shopping links are below.

Again, thanks for visiting today and I hope you've found something to inspire you to go play with color.

If you haven't browsed the Stampin'UP! store I encourage you to spend a little time there. This is a great company with wonderful product. I do receive commission on sales and I appreciate your business - thank-you. My commission is paid by the company, you pay nothing extra when purchasing product through me.

Because I do appreciate your business, you can earn extra rewards when you shop with me
Just be sure to use the Rewards Code for the month (found in the left pane of the blog) when you place your on-line order.


Stamparatus
[146276] - $49.00
Sprig Punch
[148012] -$18.00
Paper Snips
[103579] - $10.00

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Stitched Lace Background Die

There are a variety of ways to dress up the background of a card. Today I'm sharing 2 projects made with the Stitched Lace background die.

Card made with StampinUp's Stitched Lace background die.

Doesn't that make a pretty background? The lacy background die makes this card look very elegant and fancy. In reality the construction is very simple. Its one die cut for the background with 2 flowers and some leaves and a sentiment.

What flowers would you put on this card?  Here's a second card with the same background and different flowers.

Card made with StampinUp's Stitched Lace background die.

These two cards were made by my friend and team member, Gloria Oelke.  Gloria decorated her envelopes to match. Do you decorate your envelopes? Its pretty easy to add a stamp to either the front or back of the envelope and its another way to dress up a card.  When you get a pretty envelope its a clue that there's something pretty inside.

Card made with StampinUp's Stitched Lace background die. Card made with StampinUp's Stitched Lace background die.

Thank-you Gloria for sharing your beautiful cards. I'm glad you're on our team.

Are you wondering about the term "team member", how one becomes a team member and why you'd want to be a team member?

HOW? The how is very easy. You simply buy the Stampin'UP! Starter Kit. Gloria bought the kit through me and therefore she is on my team. 

WHY? There are several very good reasons why you'd want to be on the team. 
  1. Discount: First you get a 20% discount on all purchases from Stampin'UP! as long as you are an active team member. 
  2. Resources: Second you're part of an exclusive Facebook group sharing lots of ideas, not just crafting. There is also a wealth of information on the demonstrator website as well as regular support from me.
  3. Sneak Previews: You also get to see and purchase new Stampin'UP! product a month before the general public 
  4. Gatherings: and you are invited to attend the big Stampin'UP! conferences as well as local demonstrator events.
  5. The Starter Kit is CUSTOMIZABLE! That means you're given a dollar amount and you select what ever product you want. 
  6. No Obligation: You may not have realized, but more than half the people who buy the Starter Kit do it just to get the discount. Stampin'UP! understands that. The demo site is full of business information to help you if you do decide to sell. But there is no obligation to sell.
And you get that 20% discount right from the start. The Starter Kit itself is discounted. You get to pick $125 of product and pay only $99. 

Actually you save even more because shipping is FREE on the Starter Kit.   


Is this now sounding too good to be true?  Its real. True, there are minimums, but the only consequence if you don't meet the minimum is that you lose the discount. Easy peasy.  Ask me for more info or click here to join now. Do you have $125 of product you want that you'd like to pay only $99 for?


The discount is great and a strong reason to join the company. The people are also great and maybe even a better reason to join. You get to interact both on-line and in-person with some super talented people like Gloria. Here's the link to purchase the Stitched Lace die in case you want to make a project like Gloria's beautiful cards.

I look forward to connecting with you soon to get you started with Stampin'UP!




Monday, November 4, 2019

Gather Together with 3 Ways to Distress a Project

Fall provides us with many opportunities to gather together with friends and family, both for the holidays and to enjoy the changing seasons. 

Fall also provides some wonderful visual inspiration for our projects. Today I offer you 2 cards, both made with Stampin'UP!'s Gather Together stamp set and matching Gathered Leaves Dies.
Fall Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Gather Together Stamp set and Gathered Leaves Dies

Its not just the colors of fall that provide inspiration - its also the richness of the textures. The second card is the same lay-out but with a more distressed look.

Fall Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Gather Together Stamp set and Gathered Leaves Dies

I used 3 different distressing techniques.

  1. For the leaves I crumpled them in my hands and then flatted them out.
    Then I sponged over them with their own color ink. The raised wrinkles picked up the ink more than the lower areas to give each leaf its own unique coloring.
  2. For the accent strips:   I dragged my scissors along the edge to give it a rough distressed look
    I LOVE my Stampin'UP! paper snips. The thin blade is perfect for this technique.
    Yesterday's post showed another project where I was loving my paper snips.
  3. For the background: I randomly sponged on some Versamark Ink. You could achieve the same look by sponging on Crumbcake.
Fall Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Gather Together Stamp set and Gathered Leaves Dies

ProTIP:  You have to use an art sponge, a kitchen sponge is too rigid.  I cut my sponges up into wedges. To save them for re-use I also mark which color is on the sponge. Just staple a strip of the matching cardstock to the small end of the wedge. As a bonus the paper works as a handle to help keep your fingers clean.

tip for labeling Stampin'UP!'s Art Sponges

Do you have a good versatile leaf stamp set and dies?  If not I encourage you to take a close look at the Gather Together stamp set and the Gathered Leaves Dies.  They can each be purchased separately, but now through December you can save 10% when you buy them as a bundle. Full product list is at the end of the post.

Stampin'UP!'s Gather Together Stamp set and Gathered Leaves Dies

Here are a couple of other cards made with the Gather Together Bundle.
Click an image to see the post that describes that project.

Fall Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Gather Together Stamp set and Gathered Leaves Dies Fall Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Gather Together Stamp set and Gathered Leaves Dies Fall Card made with Stampin'UP!'s Gather Together Stamp set and Gathered Leaves Dies

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you got some fun ideas to try on your fall projects.
Follow my Facebook Page to keep up with my daily stamping. Have an INKcredible day.

If you haven't browsed the Stampin'UP! store I encourage you to spend a little time there. This is a great company with wonderful product. I do receive commission on sales and I appreciate your business - thank-you. My commission is paid by the company, you pay nothing extra when purchasing product through me.

Because I do appreciate your business, you can earn extra rewards when you shop with me
Just be sure to use the Rewards Code for the month (found in the left pane of the blog) when you place your on-line order.


Versamark Pad
[102283] - $9.50
Paper Snips
[103579] - $10.00