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26 posts from March 2011

Thu 31

Everything is Coming up Roses!

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Look at these gorgeous blooms... I couldn't wait to play with them as they are so beautiful and come in two different sizes.  The Gorgeous Mini Bloom B1716 and the Gorgeous Bloom E1716 are so versatile. They provide a bouquet of flowers.

Recipe:

  1. Paint canvas background with white and light blue acrylic paints.
  2. Stamp Create Art G1330 using black versafine pigment ink. Randomly and unevenly on the background.
  3. Tear leaves and stems from book pages. Sponge edges using brown dye ink.
  4. Stamp flowers using Ranger Black Archival Ink. Color flowers using water brush and Twinkling H2O's.
  5. Shade flowers using watercolor pencils. Heat emboss using clear embossing powder. Cut out and fold edges up.
  6. Stamp bees and sentiment from Happy Bee-day using black pigment ink. Color with yellow watercolor pencil and accent with glitter. 
  7. Mount on Soiree Truffle Cardstock.

Have a fabulous day! 

Suzz

Wed 30

Happy Bee-Day

 From the inside looking out you'd think spring has finally arrived here on the East Coast - not so! Step outside and you'll quickly realize that it may be sunny but it is COLD! I think I even heard the "snow" word in today's forecast. Luckily spring has arrived with the new Memory Box stamps from the Spring Symphony collection.

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This card is just as deceptive as our weather! At first glance it looks like a simple little card layered with papers and Washi tape. Then give a little tug on the inside card and this is what you get...

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A 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of distressed dot paper was used to create a envelope that holds the inside greeting.  A band of yellow was wrapped around the envelope and adhered in place.  For a "pop" of spring color, strips of orange and green Washi Tape were placed along the left side of the yellow band.  

Using the Stand of Trees stamp and Peeled Paint Distress Ink, just the top of the trees were stamped along the bottom of the white  square. The solid flowers were added using Victorian Velvet Distress  ink and the  spiral flowers were stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Last, but not least, the little bees were  added and colored with yellow and black Prisma pencils.  They were given little dotted lines of motion with a Copic black fine line pen.

The sentiment was stamped on white Neenah paper which was cut into a label shape using the Nestability Labels 8 die.  This was then adhered to a 4" x 4 1/4" pie

 

ce of pink cardstock.

Holes were punched through both layers at the top of the open end of the envelope using a standard hole punch. Thread white grosgrain ribbon through the hole in the front of the envelope. Slide the pink card into the envelope, making sure the ribbon also slides into the envelope with the excess ribbon lying along the back of the pink card. Once the pink card is completely inserted into the envelope, thread the excess ribbon through the hole at the back of the envelope.  Bring the ribbon ends together and tie in a bow.

Thanks for visiting!

SIgnatureA1

Stamps: Happy Bee-Day (B1764), Spiral Flower (a1743), Stand of Trees stamp (E1759), Flower Shadow (A1742)

Paper: DS-Bluebird (77881), MO-Squash 77916, Taffy 44043, white Neenah

Inks: Ranger Distress Inks ´╗┐Victorian Velvet and Peeled Paint, Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Other: Washi tape, white grosgrain ribbon, standard hole punch, Copic Black fine line pen, Prisma Pencils

Tue 29

Spring Thank You

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I sure hope you have seen this beautiful new Spring Symphony release at a store near you. Here's a peek at just a few of the new images which I used to make a thank you card for a spring occasion. 

I pulled together some old and new for this card. I started with paper from the Enchanted line (Evening) paired with a Lavendar note and a scrap of Concord Grape across the center. Over the top half of the card I stamped the new Shadow Flower (A1742) with Colorbox Wisteria challk ink and then added the Spiral Flower (A1743) over it in black. I traced the spirals with a Sakura clear glitter pen. Flower centers are made from Daffodil Pearls.

The spiral and shadow flowers (seen above) are so versatile - you can stamp the spiral outline and use your favorite coloring medium to finish it, or get quick color by stamping over it in your choice of ink with the shadow image.  Lots of great looks - so simple!

Using Brilliance Pearlescent Jade ink I stamped the new Scalloped Thank You image twice onto white cardstock. I used the pink Marvy rectangle punch to isolate an area in the middle of one of the stamped images.  Then I cut out the other one. You may think this is too tedious, but I think it goes rather quickly the way I do it. Basically, I cut a close circle all the way around the image, then cut in with my fine detailed scissors (Judikins are my personal favorite) almost making little triangles around each scallop. You don't have to be super careful if you also edge the whole thing with a sponge afterwards - this hides most boo-boos. I used Adirondack Aqua ink for the edging of both the scallop and the rectangle piece. Here's a closer look:

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After adhering the scallop to the card base, I then tied a ribbon (unknown source - just something from my stash) around the Concord Grape paper strip, going over the Thank You image. Using foam tape, I added the rectangle layer on top of the ribbon.

This new release is a fun mixture of springtime whimsey with a touch of elegance. Perfect for all types of cards. 

Enjoy!

Lorisig-sm

Mon 28

From my Nature Journal

I keep a nature journal, recording my observations of the natural world here at Jungle Lane in Maine. (Our road is named Jungle Lane because for thirty years my parents did wildlife rehab here as Jean's Jungle.)  So many of the Memory Box stamps look like what I see in my yard and the surrounding woods. I decided to see if I could create a nature journal entry using Memory Box stamps.  I also wanted to make a sample for today's class at Your Maine Stamper using the cropping an image technique.  This is my final product:

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Stamps:  

F1402 Brilliant Maple combined with D1099 Maple Branch

D1277 Tree Border combined with C141 Lg. Oak Leaf

F1413 Birch Trees combined with G1720 Birch Branch Print

D1298 Pine Border combined with D1417 Pine Branch

I worked on a large piece of smooth watercolor paper and used Archival inks in sepia, olive, and jet black. I combined two stamps to represent each tree to create a sort of a tree and leaf identification image.  I then cropped each image to a 2" square and labeled each one using a Tombow black fine point pen.  I mounted each image on black cardstock and trimmed really close, then placed them on a Moss notecard.  I added an extra piece of white on black at the top so I can write in or stamp the appropriate sentiment when I am ready to send this card.  I think this would work nicely as a card to send to a guy (and you know how hard it is to come up with ideas for masculine cards sometimes).  When making this card again later today I think I'll make my squares a little smaller so more of that lovely Moss color shows!

Happy Stamping!

Sun 27

Clean and Shabby?

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Love the new Spring Symphony release and am having a blast playing with the stamps.  Not sure what style this card is.  It's a little shabby and a little clean and simple.  The new patterned paper coordinates so nicely with the note cards and the different patterns add texture to your cards. 

Hope you like this springy card.  Here's how it was made:

  • Emboss an A2 pool note card with polka dot embossing folder
  • Sand polka dots lightly to reveal some of the white core of the paper
  • Stamp Gorgeous Bloom and Mini Bloom on Pool Distressed Dots
  • Emboss with white embossing powder
  • Add color to flowers with pearlescent chalk and buff off
  • Cut out flowers and punch or cut leaves (Key Lime Moroccan)
  • Stamp sentiment on white and trim

Ingredients:

  • Pool Note card
  • Pool Distressed Dots 8-1/2x11
  • Key Lime Moroccan 8-1/2x11
  • E1760 Gorgeous Bloom
  • B1761 Gorgeous Mini Bloom
  • B1763 Easter Joy
  • VersaMark ink
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Marvy Caribbean dye ink
  • Cuttlebug 5x7 Polka Dot Embossing Folder
  • Pearlescent Chalk
  • Leaf punch

There you go, a quick and easy Easter card to send to friends and family.  Hope you're able to check out the entire Spring Symphony release at a store near you.  Happy Spring!

 

Fri 25

Flower Soft fun with Memory Box!

Hello everyone!

We here at The Stamp Addict in San Diego are so excited! We received the new Spring Symphony line of stamps from Memory Box yesterday!!! You know what that means don't you?....they are available at a store near you! Check out the list of participating stores and go get them before they run out!!!

When I got the new release of stamps to play with all I could think about was doing the Stand of Trees in Flower Soft! Here are the results I hope you like them!

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First I took an oval cut out card and stamped the Stand of Trees with Memento Rich Cocoa in the center. Then took the bird from Very Best and stamped that flying over the trees. I used Aleen's tacky glue (that is what works best with the Flower Soft) and did the tree trunks with Earth Ultra Fine Flower Soft the the trees tops with the Heather Flower Soft. Once the glue had dried I attached the clear globe to the inside of the oval cut cardfront with double sided adhesive. I then stippled Memento Bamboo Leaves and Lilac Posies on the front of the card. I stamped the sentiment Very Best onto green paper that matched the green in the Flower Soft and matted it with a fushia paper that also matched a color in the Flower Soft used on the tree tops. A little double stick tape to attach my sentiment and Voila a card I really like! I hope you like it too! Here is another view:

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Have a great day!

Jennifer from The Stamp Addict

 

Wed 23

At the Lake

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Soft blues, greens and aquas promise the arrival of spring - soon, I hope!

On the Lake (F1770) and Makes Me Smile (B1765) are two more stamps from our latest release - Spring Symphony.  I stamped the lake scene on a portion of the Cherry Branches 12x12 - with its delicate blues and wisps of white - so I wouldn't need to color the sky.  Oh happy day...that gave me more time to fidget with the foam dots, twine and little Key Lime pennants!

Hope you're finding the Spring Symphony stamps at your favorite Retailer - see the entire collection here, along with a list of the stores that have already ordered it.

Here are some of the projects we'll be making in two Memory Box classes at Impress this weekend. It's Springtime Greetings at Bellevue (Phone:  425 453.2748) on Saturday March 26th.  We'll snip and fold a little Easter Basket and make three cards - and play with some of the new Spring Symphony stamps.

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On Sunday March 27th - it' s Flip, Fold and Flourish at the University Village Impress (Phone: 206 526.5818).  We'll fold a simple accordion thank-you bookcard and play with Design Adhesives, Designer Foils, glitter, inks and water in a fast-paced techniques class.

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Then...I'll be teaching six Memory Box and Poppystamps classes at The Paper Garden in Sacramento on April 15th and 16th.  Class samples will be posted on InKollage soon.  I've heard so much about the fabulous Stephanie - and her equally wonderful store and great customers.  I can't wait to meet everyone there! 

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Mon 21

Second Choice

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Have you ever had the best idea ever and when you went to do it- well it just wouldn't work. That is how my day is going. I just spent the last 2 hours trying to make something work that won't. And since it is getting late and I have to get up at 5 and go to work. I gotta scrap the card Idea I had for all of you.

Sooooo.... what you get is my second choice. Something I had in my files that I wasn't planning on posting.

The vase is an ornament punch that I cut the bottom off to make a vase. I stamped the vase using the Lattice background E1263  and white pigment ink. I stamped the orchid branch G1718 with black ink and stamped again on currant morrcan paper and cut out the flowers and mounted to base with pop dots. I added the grass print C1721 with Momento's bamboo leaves ink. I layered this piece onto a piece of distressed dots currant paper that I scallop punched the edge. This was layer over brown paper that was stamped in pigment ink using the Lattice background E1263. All this was place on the base card of recycled brown paper.

It seems kinda wintery dark when all I want to see is soft pastel springy colors. I suppose it can be my farewell to winter card.

Maybe another day and a clearer head will help me to make the other card work.

Good Night Everyone,

 

 

 

Mon 21

Second Choice

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Have you ever had the best idea ever and when you went to do it- well it just wouldn't work. That is how my day is going. I just spent the last 2 hours trying to make something work that won't. And since it is getting late and I have to get up at 5 and go to work. I gotta scrap the card Idea I had for all of you.

Sooooo.... what you get is my second choice. Something I had in my files that I wasn't planning on posting.

The vase is an ornament punch that I cut the bottom off to make a vase. I stamped the vase using the Lattice background E1263  and white pigment ink. I stamped the orchid branch G1718 with black ink and stamped again on currant morrcan paper and cut out the flowers and mounted to base with pop dots. I added the grass print C1721 with Momento's bamboo leaves ink. I layered this piece onto a piece of distressed dots currant paper that I scallop punched the edge. This was layer over brown paper that was stamped in pigment ink using the Lattice background E1263. All this was place on the base card of recycled brown paper.

It seems kinda wintery dark when all I want to see is soft pastel springy colors. I suppose it can be my farewell to winter card.

Maybe another day and a clearer head will help me to make the other card work.

Good Night Everyone,

 

 

 

Mon 21

Paris in Spring

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I love the pretty papers in the Brioche collection. The Cherry Branches sheet is so pretty and reminds me of the cherry blossoms in spring. It inspired a card using the Eiffel Tower and the Journey Collage. 

Recipe: Cut the Cherry Branches paper to have the branch hanging across the top. Stamp Journey Collage multiple times using black pigment ink  on the Cherry Branches paper. Stamp Eiffel Tower over Journey background . Stamp Eiffel Tower on acetate using StazOn and cut out. Pop Dot and attach over Eiffel Tower image on background. Accent tower with Diamond Crystals.

Punch Butterflies (Marvy Uchida) from Currant Dots paper and accent with Diamond Crystals. Attach to background.

Mount stamped background onto black cardstock and attach to Water Card Base.

Have a wonderful week and hope your are starting to see signs of spring! 

Suzz