Monday, August 25, 2014

MDSM79 Escape Alcatraz

This week Holly brings us the MDS Monday sketch.

We visited, and escaped from Alcatraz, when we were in San Francisco.  Missy's request! 

I had a lot of fun with overlays on this one.  I used a background photo as an overlay, then the Natural Composition canvas overlay on top of that.  Darkened the edges with Vintage Overlays and added some "jail-themed" numbers from Game Day.

Here's this week's sketch -

MDS Elements: Natural Composition Overlays, Vintage Overlays, Game Day, Back to School kit, Downtown Grunge frame, Staple & Stitching; Fonts: Stencil, Housegrind, Pea Lex Valentine.

Friday, August 22, 2014

FM174 Sending Good Thoughts Watercolor

Holly has this week's Friday Mashup challenge, bokeh!  I was all excited when I saw this challenge.

Alas, I followed the linked tutorial, and my bokeh effect did not come out too spectacularly.  But I forged ahead.  It did soften up the background, but either my watercoloring isn't dark enough or my craft ink doesn't come out opaque enough.  You decide. 

Wow, I bought the Perfect Pennants bundle at the tail end of the Occasions catalog, and I have reached for it several times since.  Who knew that it was such a fun set?

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project with the "Bokeh Technique".  Link to technique here.
  • Create a project with "Die Cuts".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Bokeh project using a Die Cut".
Stamps: Perfect Pennants; Paper: Whisper White, Watercolor paper, Gold Foil sheet; Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White craft; Accessories: Watercolor brush, Sponge dauber, Homemade circle die-cut template, Banners framelits, Big Shot, Sewing machine, Thread.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Short & Sweet & More

We have super exciting news from the home office! The Short & Sweet recruiting promotion is here! It IS short: It only lasts from August 21-28. And it IS sweet: New recruits will receive $150 in their choice of Stampin' Up! products for the $99 starter kit price. You won't have to pay for shipping either! It's a great deal, amazing business opportunity, AND it's only available for a short time, so get it now!

 There's only a few days left to save with Big Shot & Bundles.

Through August 31, buy a Big Shot and receive a stamp and framelit bundle for FREE, or if you already have a Big Shot, purchase one of the framelit bundles for 15% off.

And here are this week's Weekly Deals -
Elegant Butterfly Punch
Elegant Butterfly Punch
Price: $15.95 $11.96
Finishing Touches Edgelits Die
Finishing Touches Edgelits Die
Price: $9.95 $7.46
Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price: $7.95 $5.96
Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details
Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details
Price: $2.50 $1.88
Squares Collection Framelits Die
Squares Collection Framelits Die
Price: $26.95 $20.21
Travel Journal Digital Kit - Digital Download - by Stampin' Up!
Travel Journal Digital Kit - Digital Download
Price: $9.95 $5.97
Twine Baker's Early Espresso
Twine Baker's Early Espresso
Price: $2.95 $2.21
Vanilla Coaster Board
Vanilla Coaster Board
Price: $5.95 $4.46

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Control Freaks Simple & Elegant Blog Tour

Welcome... It's time to hop along with the super fabulous Control Freaks group!  This month's theme is Simple & Elegant.  Love it!  You've probably arrived here from Wendy Weixler's blog.  Her projects are always so gorgeous and creative!

So, this month's theme... Simple, as in not many layers, but with style.  Elegant is a bit tougher.  What is elegant?  I often think of vintage or flowers.

For a project with a little bit different look, I frequently turn to a mixed media challenge.  The Mix-Ability #61 challenge, Not Monotonous, calls for different shades of a single color, which I find to be very elegant.  I also followed the Pointillism tutorial on Splitcoaststampers.

I used three ink media here, Blendabilities, Memento dye-based ink, and fine-tipped Sharpie marker.  I kept the card layout simple, to focus on the main image.  This card also satisfies DTGD challenge, DTGD14JBgreendawn, and uses Freshly Made Sketches #148.

Stamps: Regarding Dahlias, And Many More; Paper: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Confetti Celebration DSP; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Smoky Slate Blendabilities, Black Stazon fine point marker; Accessories: Smoky Slate chevron ribbon, White baker's twine, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Bitty Banners framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

Here's a different interpretation of elegant, as in an elegant way to add colored card stock to a card without adding layers.  I recently learned about fun, new (to me) technique called inlaid die-cuts, which I wanted to try.  I started off with some happy, warm colors for my card.

Although the intent of the card is to be one-layer, with embedded die-cuts you need a base piece to cover up the backside of the cuts.  So ok, a two-layer card.  Then I blew the flatness out of the water with my bulky layered chipboard embellishments.  Oh well.  *shrugs*

I wanted to add a bow to the heart sequin, but the baker's twine or linen thread was too bulky, so I used thread.

Stamps: Just Sayin'; Paper: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Sweet Taffy DSP, Thin Chipboard; Ink: Rich Razzleberry; Accessories: In Color sequins, Rhinestone jewel, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Watercolor brush, Word Bubbles framelits, Big Shot, Thread, Dimensionals.

Jump over to the amazing Patty Bennett's blog to check out what fabulous ideas she has for us.

Monday, August 18, 2014

MDSM78 Long Weekend in SF

I really love this week's MDS Monday sketch by Tami.   I really am a huge map fan!

Last year we had a fabulous long weekend in San Francisco, after my husband's business conference. I would love to go back!

Here's the sketch - 

MDS Elements: Back to School kit, Epic Overlays; Font: Bradley Hand ITC.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Daydream Medallions

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This time we are hopping along with a versatile stamp set, Daydream Medallions, which also has a collection of coordinating Floral Frames framelits.  In fact, as part of the Big Shot & Bundles promotion, you can save 15% on the bundle through August 31!  If you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Cindy's blog.  Cindy has such a classic and lovely style!

As I was contemplating this set, I thought how the images could be used as a background or as a main image.  I was a little bit limited, in that I don't own the framelits, but quickly found this set makes lovely clean & simple cards.  With another wedding coming up, it is perfect for an elegant card.

I paired the background images with die-cuts from the new Flower Frenzy die, for a fun dimensional element.  A little bit of inking, spritzing, and scrunching gives the flower some color variation and interest.

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, A Dozen Thoughts; Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Hello Honey, Whisper White; Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Hello Honey; Accessories: Vintage Faceted button, Linen thread, Stampin' Spritzer, Flower Frenzy die, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

I was in need of some birthday cards, and I surprised myself with stamping a couple more quick cards.  The first is based on a layout from Megan Daves, using a bright and happy color combination from Fab Friday #46.

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Good Greetings; Paper: Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Sweet Taffy DSP, Confetti Celebration DSP; Ink: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight; Accessories: Rhinestone jewels, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Big Shot, Dimensionals.

For the second card layout, I CASE'd myself.  :)  I stayed with a very pleasing neutral color palette.

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, And Many More; Paper: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip; Ink: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso; Accessories: Linen thread, Stylish Stripes EF, Autumn Accents die, Big Shot, Sewing machine, Thread.

Now make sure you check out the next stop to see what fabulous projects the stylish Mike Funke has put together with Daydream Medallions


Friday, August 15, 2014

FM173 Welcome Back to School!

Cindy has come up with a fun back-to-school challenge for us at the Friday Mashup.  I went to Pinterest for some inspiration, since we are not quite ready to think about school yet in New York.  I found Becky Roberts's chalkboard card and went from there.

I decided to use my daughter's colors from Arthur S. May elementary school (maroon and gold).  I've attended more schools than I care to recall, so better to focus on the current little student in the house.  I found some old patterned paper with close enough colors.  :)

Here's your Mashup Challenge:

  • Create a project with " a School theme". 
  • Create a project with "Your School Colors".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "School themed project with your school's colors".
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved, Four You, Hardwood BG, Woodgrain BG; Paper: Soft Suede, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Orchard Harvest DSP; Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Whisper White Craft, Versamark, Chocolate Chip marker; Accessories: Banner punch, Slot punch, White EP, Sponges, Cannery Set framelits, Big Shot, Sewing machine, Thread.
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