Ok, ok...I know that this week was supposed to be all about the soon-to-be retiring 2017-2019 In Colors. And it was. Only, it was really a week of Lemon Lime Twist with a hint of Powder Pink. Maybe that's because those are my two favorite colors from that palette! If you look back over the last two years at all the times of used any of the 2017-2019 In Colors, you'll see that is indeed the trend. And I didn't even like Lemon Lime Twist when it first came out! Too bright! Too bold! Well guess what peeps, it's the one I'm going to miss the most. All I can say is, thank goodness forGranny Apple Green!
I can't believe in a week from today, I'll be waking up in the North Carolina mountains, ready to set up for my Stamping in the Mountains Spring Retreat. I've got my trusty band of set-up helpers who are all arriving with me on Thursday night and while we'll talk and laugh the night away, you know we'll be up early, ready to hit the Sunny Rock Cafe for an early morning breakfast, before setting up our TWO huge crafting spaces. Oh, I wish you could be there with us!!!
Today's card is from one of the classes at retreat and features the Buffalo Check Background Stamp and the Thankful Thoughts Stamp Set - in Lemon Lime Twist of course! Background stamps are the unsung hero of our stamping collection. They offer so much depth, texture, and versatility. I can't wait to teach this class on Background Stamping - I've got so much to share!
Base: Lemon Lime Twist: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Night of Navy, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Lemon Lime Twist, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Night of Navy, 3 1/8" x 4 1/8"
Layer 4: Whisper White, 3" x 4"
Layer 5: Night of Navy Scalloped Layering Oval Framelit
Layer 6: Whisper White Layering Oval Framelit
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When I first started cardmaking, I was intimidated by building layers. But the Rectangle Stitched Framelits take the guesswork out of building layers - AND they add the delicate stitched edges for added details.
Base: Pool Party, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Basic Black Rectangle Stitched Framelit
Layer 2: Pool Party Rectangle Stitched Framelit
Layer 3: Basic Black Rectangle Stitched Framelit
Layer 4: Whisper White Rectangle Stitched Framelit
Let's face it, the Simply Shammy is the best thing ever when it comes to cleaning your stamps. Or your hands. Or your work space. I absolutely love it! And when I heard that people were keeping damp shammy's in Clear Mount Stamp Cases, I thought brilliant. Until I remembered, I live in the South and any thing left wet in the heat will mildew in a milli-second. So this winter, keeping a damp shammy in a case in the craft room was great. And then, we had a few warm days. As we said in the early 80s, "Gag me with a spoon." I tried everything. I soaked it in a bit of soapy water like I do to clean it. I tried using Dawn instead of my mild soap. I tried washing it in a load of jeans (no fabric softener, please). Nothing worked. I had two simply stinky shammies! And then I thought...let's at a bit of white vinegar to the dish water. If it works for a load of towels, it should work for the shammies, right? And if it ruins them, well, I was going to buy two more anyway.
It worked! I have two very stained shammies but they don't smell like mildew anymore. Simply wonderful! Go ahead...give it a try! You'll be glad you did!
Base: Call me Clover, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Call me Clover, 3 1/2" square
Layer 3: Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper, 3 strips of 1" x 3 1/4"
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All week I've been showcasing butterflies, or more specifically, theBeauty Abounds Stamp Set. While this is part of the Beauty Abounds Bundle, I chose to focus on just the stamp set. I think the dies are pretty, but the background stamps in the stamp set are the real star of the show for me.
When I first started stamping, I didn't know what to do with those background stamps. Looking back, my designs seemed a little flat because they lacked the depth and texture that backgrounds stamps can give. So the next time you open a stamp set and wonder, "What am I going to do with that piece?", try using it as part of the background and see what happens.
Last night, on Valentine's day, I held my first every a very fun non-Valentine's themed Kit Night. It was so much fun. Everyone brought a kit to work on, or one of my leftover classes to work on. It was great fun. We made banana splits, drank sparkling rosé wine, and everyone who attended received a red long-stemmed rose from me. It was so much fun. I can't wait to do it again!
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Lemon Lime Twist, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Whisper White, 5" x 3 3/4"
Layer 3: Lemon Lime Twist, 4 1/8" x 3 1/8"
Layer 4: Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper, 4" x 3"
Layer 5: Lemon Lime Twist, 1 1/8" Scallop Circle Punch
Layer 6: Whisper White, 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch
Layer 7: Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper, punched with Butterfly Duet Punch
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Join me tomorrow (2/16) at 9 am for my weekly Crafty Saturday Facebook Live. We'll be making a 12" x 12" sampler using the Botanical Butterflies Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper. Be sure to watch tomorrow to learn how you can get all the supplies needed for FREE!
Do you ever feel like you get stuck in a rut? You've used the same card design for quite some time and you're just tired of it? Or maybe you'd like to try something new, but don't know where to start? Maybe it's time to search for some new sketches.
This week, there is a new sketch challenge on our team page. Looking at this, you know it's not my style, but I played along to stretch my own creativity. I did add more layers behind the initial ones listed there because I like to frame things and make them pop off the page. And, I was able to incorporate my product of the week, Life is Grand Stamp Set, too! All in all, it didn't turn out too badly.
So next time you're stuck, search out some new sketches. You can always come back to my blog and look through my daily tutorials. Or check out the #CaseingTuesday Facebook page for ideas. Or go to Pinterest and search for "Card Sketches". Then, feel free to post a picture over on my Facebook page so I can what you create. I'm sure it will be amazing!
I asked and you responded!
The overwhelming majority (like 100%) of you said you'd like to see another One Sheet Wonder on my Crafty Saturday Facebook Live tomorrow. So, I spent last night creating a simple one for us to do together. If you want to craft along with me, you'll need:
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Products Used for Today's Sketch
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