FM 177 Season of Thanks and Lovely as a Tree

My family and I enjoyed a wonderful time in Ocean City Beach last week; I LOVE having all my kids and their partners together under one roof for an extended period of time (be sure to check out the picture below)!   We arrived back in PA on Saturday and the first thought that entered my mind when I got out of the car was, “Fall arrived while we were gone!  Brrrr!!”  With the change of temperatures, I automatically reached for my Fall stamps once I got back into my studio.  I used the Friday Mashup  challenge for my layout, incorporating leaves into the sketch design for the Mashup.  To create the background, I stamped the Lovely as a Tree oak leaves onto the Cajun Craze Colour Me Autumn DSP with Versamark, then sprinkled on some clear embossing powder and heat set it.

2014.09.16 FRIDAY MASHUP 177
To provide a two tone effect, I sponged Old Olive over the DSP matte and then wiped the ink off the embossed surfaces.  I was pleased with the subtle Fall background it provided for the Season of Thanks image.  A simple linen bow topped with a natural button (colored with a Blendabilities marker) provided the finishing touch.
2014.09.16 CLOSE UP
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Season of Thanks, Lovely as a Tree, Express Yourself
STAMPIN UP INK: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Tangelo Twist, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, So Saffron Soft Suede, Blackberry Bliss, Sahara Sand
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Colour Me Autumn DSP
ACCESSORIES: Deco Label framelits, Word Window punch, Natural button, natural linen thread, clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponge, dimensionals, glue dot

As promised, here’s a picture of my family after celebrating my birthday in Ocean City; I am SO blessed!
2014.09.12 condo porch pict

FMS147 and PP207: Express Yourself, Apothecary Art, and Beautifully Baroque

This card showcases my first attempt at Faux Patina.  I watched Angie Leach’s tutorial on Split Coast Stampers, then decided to give it a try.  In a nutshell, you ink the inside of an embossing folder with a light colored ink, and then run your cardstock through the Big Shot to transfer the ink onto your paper.  Next, you randomly sponge a medium color over the cardstock focusing on the raised areas.  Follow that with a dark colored layer of random sponging.  Allow the ink to fully dry, then randomly/lightly apply Versamark to the paper, sprinkle with a metallic embossing powder and heat set.  I actually applied more embossing powder than I desired; so, I simply used a paint brush to remove some of the powder before heat setting.  I’m looking forward to using this technique for some autumn and vintage Christmas cards.  For now, though, I chose this week’s Freshly Made Sketch challenge for my layout , coupled with the Paper Players’ Cute as a Button challenge.

2014.08.04It was difficult to catch the patina effect with the full card photo; so here’s a bit of a close up to more clearly show the detail:


STAMPIN UP STAMP(S):    Apothecary Art, Express Yourself

STAMPIN UP INK:   Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP:   Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Very Vanilla

ACCESSORIES:    Beautifully Baroque EF, Labels Collection Framelits, gold embossing powder, heat tool, gold baker’s twine, vintage brad, sponges, dimensionals

fms 147







Dynamic Duos #92: Bright Blossoms and Express Yourself

I’ve been having a lot of fun designing for my March classes; but, decided to spend tonight making birthday cards for some upcoming family birthdays. This card features Dynamic Duos colors of the week, Rose Red and Midnight Muse. The Pinwheels on Parade accessory kit offered several Midnight Muse embellishments. I trimmed the trellis strip down to create a “tabletop” for the vase, then used the negative pieces as embellishments across the bottom.

2014.03.05 DYN DUO

STAMPIN UP STAMPS: Bright Blossoms, Express Yourself (Hostess)
STAMPIN UP INK: Rose Red, Midnight Muse
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Rose Red, Midnight Muse
ACCESSORIES: Pinwheels on Parade, Stamp-a-majig, score board, Chevron EF