Grouted Herringbone Pattern

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  I hope you had an opportunity to join me for the Facebook LIVE session on this past weekend!  I showcased some fun ways to use the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) including how to create a herringbone pattern, like this one, on your cards.  If you were unable to join me, no worries…the video session was recorded so pop on over to my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stamptasticdesigns/ and check it out!

This was one of seven different projects that I created with the herringbone pattern. And the pattern on this card is a bit different from the others. You will notice a slight gap in between the pieces of Wood Texture DSP. I wanted to achieve the look of grout in between the pieces of designer paper. I started with a piece of basic gray cardstock cut to 5-1/4 x 4 inches. Each piece of the Wood Textures DSP is 3/4 inch wide and varied in length. As I created the herringbone pattern, I left about a 1/4 inch gap in between the pieces as I adhered them to the cardstock. It created a fun look! Then I simply embellished the card with die cut images from the Seasonal Layers Thinlit set. Super fun and pretty easy to create!  Be sure to check out the video! Enjoy!

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Thinking of You

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a fun project to share with you that showcases the use of scraps. As you know, I have been playing around with some scraps of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) to create a whole host of herringbone patterns and projects!  Well I ended up with very small triangular shaped pieces that, at first, I was just going to throw away. But I played around with the pieces and created these little squares with the Wood Texture DSP. This was definitely one of my favorite creations!

The card is super simple to create! It’s a little putzy to adhere all of the triangular shaped pieces to the squares but well worth it!  To make this card, start with a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of one of the light colored patterns of the Wood Textures DSP, stamp a sentiment on the bottom and tie a bit of linen thread around it before adhering it to your card front. Cut out three (3) squares of Cholocate Chip cardstock at 1-1/4 x 1-1/4 inches. Cut a few 1 x 1 inch squares of the Wood Textures DSP; then cut each square diagonally in half and then in half again. Create a pattern with 4 of the small pieces of DSP and adhere them to one of the Chocolate Chip squares. Once you have created 3 of them, layered them across the linen thread as shown and adhere them with a few dimensionals. For the finishing touch, I embellished them with a few flowers cut from some scraps of very vanilla cardstock. Enjoy!

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Wood Textures

The rustic look of wood on a project always catches my eye. I have enjoyed working with the wood grain stamp sets and embossing folders from Stampin’ Up! But the NEW Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) is, by far, my favorite wood grained product! The wood grain patterns in this pack of DSP are so realistic. As you know, I have been creating a variety of different projects using this paper. It’s been so fun to use it with flowery images! I love accenting the darker wood grain papers with vanilla or white flower images. It really highlights the deep textures of the wood and the image.

The Wood Textures DSP comes in a 6 x 6 pack. Since I have been using 5-1/4 x 4 inch pieces of various wood grain patterns, I ended up with a large amount of 3/4 x 6 inch scrap pieces. I decided to play around with these little scrap pieces and ended up designing a variety of different herringbone patterns. I was super excited about this as it was such a great way to use up the scraps and create some beautiful projects!

I had soooo much fun creating different designs with the wood texture scraps!  So this week I will share a variety of wood texture projects with all of you! I will show you how simple it is to create this fun herringbone pattern too! I have a photo tutorial that will come out later this week but the best way to learn this technique is by watching it!  I will do a Facebook LIVE session on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 2:00pm (CT).  Don’t worry…I will record the session if you are unable to join me LIVE.

Hope to see you there! Be sure to follow me on Facebook at >>> https://www.facebook.com/stamptasticdesigns/

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Background Bits

Choosing a background for your project is just as much fun as choosing the focal point. You can make the background of your project as simple or as busy as you like! You can stamp it, emboss it, color it, add some designer paper or just leave it plain. There really is no right or wrong way to do it! It’s all based on your preference and the look you are trying to achieve. I tend to use embossing and stamped images to create the background for my projects. Let’s take a look at a few different projects created with the Background Bits stamp set.

This card showcases only stamping. I decided to go for what card makers call the “clean and simple” look. It’s a one layer card that uses stamping as the background and the focal point.
For this card, I also chose stamped images as the backdrop. However, I added a bit of vanilla trim across the center of the card to embellish it. Just that little bit of ribbon accents the background and breaks up the images.
For this card, I added a bit of wood texture designer paper to the background. It serves as an accent for the stamped images and draws out the crumb cake color giving it a more rustic look.

So these are just a few simple ways to use your stamps to create pretty backgrounds on your cards. The stamped images are almost identical on each card, yet the look is very different when you start to add embellishments, ribbon and designer paper. Grab one of your favorite stamp sets and give it a try! Enjoy!

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Thoughts & Prayers

Illness and sorrow are part of everyone’s life. Sometimes it’s difficult to create get well or sympathy cards as they reflect the suffering or loss of someone very special to us. However, a handmade card helps to comfort our friends and family during these difficult times. It’s also a powerful way to send messages of prayer and healing.

This card is one of my favorite creations. It’s soft colors and images send a comforting message. To make this card, start with a piece of Soft Sky cardstock for the base of your card. You can emboss the front of the card or simply leave it plain. The card is beautiful either way. Next, cut a 2-3/4 x 4 inch piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Make yourself a square template that is slightly smaller than the very vanilla cardstock. You will use the square template to sponge some different colors on the vanilla cardstock. I used Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky for sponging on this project. Once you have sponged a colorful square on the cardstock, stamp the tree and sentiment images using Crumb Cake ink. For the finishing touch, add a bit of ribbon and a little doily.

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Climbing Orchid

Orchids are such beautiful and elegant flowers. So I was super excited to see the Climbing Orchid Stamp Set in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog! It was definitely top on my wish list! This set provides a unique ability to build up the orchids with as many or as few layers as you like.  And when you combine the orchids with new Wood Textures Designer Series Paper you have an elegant yet rustic look.

My daughter, Tiffany, actually came up with this design. We used it to create a variety of invitations for my future daughter-in-law’s upcoming bridal shower. My son and his fiance chose a rustic theme for their wedding so this set was perfect for creating their bridal shower invites! Of course, I loved my daughter’s design so much that I just had to recreate it! The Orchid Builder Bundle makes it easy to create beautiful cards like this! I used Very Vanilla for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of one of the wood texture DSP patterns. There are a variety of different wood patterns in the DSP pack so play around with it and choose the pattern that you like best. Stamp some orchids on a scrap piece of very vanilla cardstock and cut them out. You can layer the orchids as much as you like! For this card I just used two layers…the flower and the yellow middle. Stamp the stems on your card and add the flowers. I also did a little heat embossing, with white embossing powder, for the sentiment. Then embellish as desired! You will love it!

 

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Petal Garden

This past week I had some time to play in my craft room. I love getting creative! Especially when my ideas just seem to come out of nowhere. But that doesn’t always happen. A few weeks ago I created several different watercolored backgrounds. I enjoy watercoloring so I was experimenting with a variety of different color combinations.  I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with the watercolored backgrounds so I just created a bunch and set them aside.  Well this past week I decided to pull them all out again…and here is what I created.

I happen to be playing around with the materials in the Petal Garden Memories & More card pack when it hit me…the gold rose in that pack would look so pretty on one of those watercolored backgrounds I created a few weeks back. And…it dos! This card is quite simple to create. You can choose any colors to create your background. This particluar watercolor background was created with the following colors:  Pear Pizazz, Rich Razzelberry, Soft Sky and Calypso Coral. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of shimmery white (or watercolor paper). Using an aqua painter, randomly add blotches of color across the cardstock. Let dry and then embellish as desired.

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Naturally Eclectic

There’s something so fun about the bright colors and bold textures in the Naturally Eclectic Product suite.  This product suite caught my eye right away when I saw the new catalog. While it has an eclectic flair, it’s also very feminine with the flowery images and the pretty crinkled ribbon. Today’s project showcases some fun things you can do with the products in this suite.

The colors in this product suite are bright and vibrant!  Colors such as Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist and Peekaboo Peach seem to work very well together!  All of those colors are showcased on this project along with a darker color, Night of Navy, to add a bit of contrast.  The card is simple to create too. Start with a piece of Night of Navy cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of one of the green background papers from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper pack. Use the large eclectic thinlit to cut out a fancy little design in the DSP.  Notice how the navy blue background peeks through the thinlit design. Save a few of the little diamond pieces to use on your card for an accent. Notice the the green diamond shapes on the top and bottom of the left side of this card. Then simply stamp some leaves and flowers; use the thinlits to cut everything out. Arrange them on your card front as desired. For the finishing touch, embellish with a bit of crinkled seam binding ribbon. Enjoy!

 

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Flirty Flowers

Hello Stampin Friends! It’s been a busy weekend so far as we celebrated my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary.  The party was a huge success and we had so much fun!  But I have to tell ya…I am exhausted!  So my hubby and I decided to take it easy and relax today.  Of course, the best way for me to relax is to get creative.  So I did!

I really am hooked on watercoloring lately.  I love the look of it especially as the backdrop for my projects. This particular card was created with the new Flirty Flowers stamp set and just one color, Rich Razzleberry, as a watercolor wash in the background.  I also learned a new technique when I created this card.  If you stamp your images on the watercolored background, while it is still a little wet, the moisture “blurs” the image a bit. I had often wondered how others had achieved that look on their cards so I was super excited to accidentally stumble upon the technique!  To make this card, you can use a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of watercolor paper or shimmery white.  I tend to use the shimmery white for all of my watercoloring because it has a bit of glitter or “”shimmer” to it.  Simply grab any color ink that you like, add a drop to two to a little painters tray and then dip the tip of an aqua painter into it. Then, using the aqua painter, randomly add brush strokes of color to your cardstock.  While the watercoloring is still a bit wet, stamp your images on the background. If you do not like the blurred image look, simply let the watercolored background dry and then stamp your images.  For the finishing touch, add some embellishments!

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One in a Melon

Watermelons just remind me of picnics and summer-time fun! And that’s exactly what I thought of when I received this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  The kit is super cute!  Watermelon stamp images…Watermelon Bags….Watermelon paper…I had a lot of yummy ideas running through my head! Just look at all of these fun projects!

I just loved the little watermelon bags with the red tissue paper…the tissue paper had little watermelon seeds on it! Super cute! This kit was so fun that I ended up stamping 20 watermelon images and then cutting them out by hand so that I could create some fun alternate designs! Not all of the cards are pictured here as I created several cards as a special surprise for my paper pumpkin subscribers.  They will all get a little bit of summery fun in the mail this week!

One of my favorite things about the monthly kits are the exclusive stamp sets!  The sets allow me to continue to create fun cards like these…I just simply use my own cardstock and supplies. I love the watercolored background with the stamped images.

Whether you are an avid crafter or just beginning, you will enjoy these monthly kits!  It’s the element of surprise that I really enjoy…I never know what the theme of the kit is until it arrives!  To me, that’s half the fun!

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Prepaid subscriptions make perfect gifts too!  When you purchase a prepaid subscription, Stampin’ Up! will email you the code as well as an electronic gift certificate!  Simply print out the gift certificate and write in the code! Such a quick and simple gift giving idea!

 

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