Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lovely Inside and Out with Lovely Words Thinlits

I've featured Lovely Inside and Out with the coordinating
Lovely Words Thinlits (pages 157 and 214) several times.
They compliment one another so well, and are simple to
use.  Sometimes you have to think long and hard about
how to put a card together, but that does not seem to be
an issue with this bundle.  I used the Layering Circles
Framelits dies (p 214) to cut out the black background,
which was run through the Hexagons 3D Dynamic
Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (p 211).

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lovely Inside Out with Lovely Words Thinlits

The Lovely Inside and Out stamp set on page 157,
with coordinating Lovely Words Thinlits on page 214 is
a dandy pairing.  The thinlit and stamp set sentiments
enable lots of flexibility, but they really complement
one another.
In this sample, I stamped the Berry Burst layer with 
Awesomely Artistic (p 153), with 1/4" Copper Trim accent.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Stamp Off Sunshine Wishes

Buffy, Susan and I are at it, with another Stamp Off
Challenge.  I like this one because Stampin' Up!
makes it so easy!
 This challenge is all about using words on your
challenge card.  The words can be stamped or die cut,
but they should be a prominent part of the project.
The Sunshine Wishes Thinlits on page 216 have some
wonderful words.  The are chunky, meaning they are easy
to glue, without making a mess.  These thinlits also offer
great words, including "sunshine", "congrats", "love" and "hope".
You can cut "sun" and "shine apart, to give you more options.
I layered 3 loves, to really emphasize the word.
For this card, I knew that I wanted to use some copper elements,
so watercolored a Pear Pizzazz background.  Once it dried,
I added embossed splotches of Copper Embossing Powder,
1/4 inch Copper Trim (p 199) and  Enamel Shapes from
the Subtles collection on page 196. 

Overall, I'm happy with this card, with one HUGE exception.
I can't for the life of me figure out why I didn't make the
background pink or red.  I would have had to ditch the
copper and use a different accent color, but "love" should
be layered on to red.  Sadly, sometimes the card is done,
before these insights dawn.  Guess that I will have to
assert that I love the environment and anything green.

I am betting that Buffy and Susan used more relevant
color combinations, so please check out their challenge cards!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Daisy with Butterfly Basics and Flourish

This card is a combination of some of my favorite products.
I used the new Daisy punch on page 206, placing a 1/2 inch
circle in the center.  The Happy Birthday sentiment from
Butterfly Basics (p 149) was cut out with the Stitched Shapes
Framelits (p 214), with a strip from the Flourish Thinlits (p 216)
layered over top.  The Berry Burst card base was run
through the Oh My Stars Textured Impressions Embossing
folder on page 210.  It actually was a quick and easy card 
to create and assemble, given the various Big Shot
accessories and Daisy Punch.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Beaded Flourish Thinlits Per Ubuhle Exhibit

Last week, I visited an exhibit at our local art museum.
and brought up a lot of emotion.  The beautiful, beaded
works of art were created by women with few economic
opportunities, many of whom had HIV.   They worked together
to created panels that were sold to support these women.
It took months to create their lovely panels, and some of the
women died during the course of making their projects.
Later, Chinese imports undermined their efforts.

This inspired me to pull out some of my retired SU micro
beads and make a beaded project.  I used a
Berry Burst flower image from the Flourish Thinlits.
The Ubuhle women always attached their beads to
black fabric, reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts 
which many of them grew up wearing. I used the Color
Theory DSP pack and layered my beaded medallion on
to a Basic Gray card base, run through the Layered Leaves
Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

If you get a chance, check out the story of the Ubuhle
Beaded artwork here.   

Friday, August 4, 2017

Stamp Off Ribbon Christmas Tree

This is our first Stamp Off Challenge for August.
Susan, Buffy and I enjoy bringing you challenges
that feature products from the new 2017-18 catalog.
Along with a new catalog, comes lots of delicious ribbon.
Admittedly, we all tend to hoard new ribbon.
With 10 yards of ribbon on most spools, we have lots of
ribbon to wrap, tie and texturize our crafting projects.
 I decided to go in kind of a strange direction with my ribbon.
I really like Christmas projects that have texture, so decided
to layer Pear Pizzazz 3/8 inch Shimmer Ribbon behind the
Christmas tree from the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits on page 214.
I contrasted that Shimmery Ribbon with the deep color
of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack on page 187.
For some reason, I just really liked all the deep colors
and contrasts, that would focus attention on the tree.
Finally, I added Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer 
Paper (p 194) ornaments and star.

I appreciate those who hop by my blog, and urge
you to see what Buffy and Susan have done with
their ribbon challenge.